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Re: “State employees object to school insurance proposal

Technically, school teachers are not employees of the state, they are employees of the school district and the local school board. The local school board is the entity that hires them and determines their salaries.

If teachers were state employees then all entry level teachers would start at the same salary, but that is not the case in the state of Arkansas.

A starting teacher in Springdale who has a Bachelor's Degree and no experience starts out making $45,820 while a teacher with the same degree and experience will start in the Strong-Huttig school district in Union County will start out at $29,250. $6.00 more than the minimum salary set by the state in 2009. The maximum teacher salary in that Strong-Huttig teacher can earn is $43,685.

The same can be said for wide ranges in superintendent, principle, and coach salaries across school districts statewide.

All this set up in a school funding document:

That determines how much money the state will give the school districts based on number of students, teachers, and a few other factors and other than a few mandated minimum spending levels on salaries and benefits, does not actually tell the districts how to spend the money.

State employees salaries on the other hand are set by the agencies statewide and the Office of Personnel Management under the Department of Finance tries to keep similar job titles with similar job duties making close to the same salaries across different state agencies.

Districts have been given money to give teachers raises and to help with insurance in the past, but they have not opted use it that way. Why should state employees have to lumped in with them to fix the problem?

On another, not totally unrelated note, here is a pictured of the Bentonville High School Football Stadium:

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Posted by thegrayone on 06/28/2014 at 12:07 AM


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