An Idea for a Different Use of Parcel Taxes
Original post made by Disagree w/B on Feb 25, 2009
I have had this thought knocking around of how to look at a parcel taxno more than five years, maybe three is betterstrictly for rewarding excellence in teaching and school site administration. It's difficult because I don't think you'd want to tie it to test scores. A teacher can have an exceptional class one year and a less exceptional another year, but s/he is still a good teacher.
I'm skeptical enough that it would require having an oversight committee, but I don't think it should include district or union leadership (okay, maybe the head of human resources and the business person). It could be for annual one-time merit pay or for support of a school/classroom idea/enhancement. The idea would be to let great ideas have a chance to flow, to have teachers work together at a grade or department level, to have schools work together, to allow for innovation. Good old fashioned brainstorming or a way to foster excitement in the classroom-for students and teachers.
The committee can be inclusive of parents, teachers, principals, and/or other experts from outside the PUSD community-former superintendents or board members, retired teachers or principals-I'm open.
The language to the community would be specific enough: To establish a committee for the review of meritorious awards to teachers and principals for excellence in the classroom and/or to support innovative programs at the site level. (Needs work, thinking on my fingers here.) It cannot be used to supplant general fund programs (i.e., it cannot pay for K-3 CSR costs not covered by the state; $2 million).
My idea, in a nutshell, is to find a way to reward those going above and beyond in closest proximity to students and to give teachers and principals support from the community that will inspire them and, in turn, our children.
There are a lot of leaders in this community who certainly could have other, better ideas. I thought maybe a forum for what a parcel tax COULD do might make for a good discussion.
on Feb 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Although your idea has merit it will never happen.
The unions won't allow that kind of oversight.
A large part of the problem isn't just the PUSD,
but the unions who refuse to operate the way
a good business operates.
Once a teacher is tenured they get the automatic
raises and benefits. It doesn't matter about performance.
Although there a many many good teachers
there are many who would and should be terminated.
If you wonder about this just look at other industries
Who have unions is: steel, auto, phone company AT&T
To name a few.
let go, but due to the union PUSD is stuck with!!
on Feb 25, 2009 at 4:32 pm
The use of a parcel tax in any context absent of real changes within the district still gets a no vote from me.
BTW, funny you should mention AT&T. The "Wireless" Union Represented employees have voted to strike and have been working without a contract since the beginning of the month. The "Wireline" (read that to mean "copper" or "Plain Old Telephone") contract expires early April. Get ready for a strike.
Add to that all the money spent to move the new officer team from San Antonio to Dallas because Randall Stephenson didn't think San Antonio was cosmopolitan enough and I would venture to say the comparison is somewhat valid if "leadership" is included.
Not all waste is at the "union" level.
on Feb 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm
I do not support a parcel tax. I may be willing to consider one if all proper concessions were made by the unions and administration.
I would also want to see written into the PT that administrators can not get any salary or benefit increases for the entire length or the PT. There would be incentive to streamline and ween off of the tax. You can bet it would not be an unending parcel tax.