Statement on SB 547, Salary Incentive for Professional Growth Bill
CCEA led the effort to pass legislation that would have created a salary incentive for educators who complete their Professional Growth Plan. Specifically, SB 547 would have required CCSD to reserve money to pay for column movements once educators completed their PGP. From the outset, the Superintendent and Board of Trustees vigorously opposed our legislation.
Senator Majority Leader Ford introduced SB 547 last week, with only days remaining in the legislative session. The bill moved through the Senate with bi-partisan support. CCEA members sent over 15,000 emails to legislators asking for support on this bill. It is important to note that NSEA did not support SB 547, and ESEA (support staff) actively opposed this bill. Despite those undermining efforts, within 48 hours of introduction, 20 out of 21 Senators from both sides of the aisle voted in favor of the bill on the Senate Floor. The bill was then assigned to the Ways and Means Committee. However, the bill was not given a committee hearing by Committee Chair Carlton, a Democrat. The CCEA Executive Board will be looking into why Maggie Carlton, a CCEA endorsed candidate and self-proclaimed advocate for teachers, refused to grant a hearing on this bill despite the overwhelming bi-partisan support it received in the Senate.
It’s important for you to know that the issue of requiring School Districts to live up to their end of a bargain is not over. Our efforts in this last Legislative Session were unprecedented. NOWHERE in the country has a teacher organization come as close as we did to secure legislation guaranteeing to pay educators as professionals. Despite this set back, we will work to resolve this issue at the local level. CCEA currently has an Unfair Labor Practice filed against CCSD for their unilateral change to the Professional Growth System. CCSD submitted their response to our complaint on May 15th. Pre-hearing briefs are due this week. The hearing has been scheduled for July 22nd before the Employee-Management Relations Board. Stay tuned for more information.
Thank you to the thousands of educators who responded to our urgent action alerts and emailed legislators. Our quick progress in the Senate is a testament to your efforts. We will continue to keep you updated.