Tonight I attended a budget workshop run by the UFT for chapter leaders. I learned a great deal, despite it being such a short presentation, including the fact that there is a major difference in how salaries are calculated for budgets between NYC and Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, there was an average amount of money calculated centrally that was used to "buy" a teacher for a school, no matter what their seniority or pay status was. For NYC, it is an average of just your school, meaning if you have a lot of senior teachers the amount of money you have to spend increases. It's interesting that this choice (I assume it was a choice at one time) was made because it incentivizes getting rid of more experienced teachers in order to recoup their money. I hope and think the information I am learning is useful to myself and my staff in the future!
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!