Any reasonable person knows that if you receive more regular pay in a pay period than before, that constitutes a 'raise'. The PUSD certificated salary table (Web Link) shows the salary raises as a teacher advances through the steps (one step for each year of employment). Further calculation shows that 52% of the FTE staff will receive a raise in the 2010-2011 school year, simply by being employed another year.
Further, the teachers union thinks this is 'confusing', which in framing tactics, means that they think they can re-define the word 'raise'. This lack of intellectual honesty does not help the union's bargaining position.
Question to the community: Would you rather have PUSD cut teacher positions and raise the remaining teachers' salaries, thereby hurting our kids? Or should PUSD hold the line on teacher salaries and save teacher jobs?
What do you think?