One way that teachers earn a salary increase is by "moving over a column". This occurs when teachers earn more education credits. It is not as simple as taking one course a summer, though -- 30 credits is equivalent to a full year as a full-time student in a master's program, at most universities.
So, for a teacher taking courses part-time in the evenings, or over the summer, it would take a few years to shift one column to the right.
The other way that teachers earn a salary increase is by "moving down a step." Step increases are awarded to teachers based on their years of service in the district.
However, each year of service does not automatically mean salary goes up. It depends on where a teacher is in the salary schedule.
For a teacher's first three years in Pleasanton, the step salary does not increase at all, unless the teacher has already earned more than 45 credits of advanced education. In that case, the salary increases by a total of $2,287 -- or a 3.8% increase at the end of the third year.
Teachers between 3 and 10 years of experience receive salary increases of the same percentage or less per year.
"Maxing out" on step increases occurs in the 11th year of teaching for teachers with a bachelor's degree plus 30 credits of additional education, in the 12th year for teachers with 31-74 credits of additional education, and in the 20th year for teachers with 75 credits or more of additional education.
Even for those teachers in the highest education column, salary is fixed between years 12 and 15, and between years 16 and 19. So they get no step increase for four years.
The district estimates that 15% of teachers in the Pleasanton system are no longer eligible for step and column increases. They are at the maximum level of salary for their level of education.
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