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Excellent benefits, job security (Nevada keeps 99.4 percent of its teachers)
and recession proof income!
Some people in Nevada have been complaining about "dramatic" cuts in teacher pay and that this might actually drive teachers away from Nevada. But have teachers received an actual pay cut?
The answer isn't clear. Teachers have received "furloughs" which means they are required to take unpaid time off. This means their pay will be lower than it otherwise would be. However, step increases, promotions, and adjustments to the salary schedule STILL OCCUR! (On paper these pay increases also count toward retirement pension. An actual salary cut, on the other hand, would reduce that future pension - this is why teacher unions fight for furloughs instead of pay cuts -> all the pay increases occur out of sight!)
In other words, the teacher pay may be down from what they "expected" but may actually be up from the previous year!
Just look at the pay-schedule comparison (below). Data comes from the CCSD teacher salary pay-schedule for 2010-11 and 2007-08 school years.
Ranks A-C are for teachers with BA degrees (B and C are for teachers taking advanced courses but not yet earned the MA). Ranks C, D, E, F are for teachers with graduate degrees and additional coursework. Rank G is for teachers with "advanced certifications" or a doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D).
CCSD Teacher Pay Schedule Comparison: 2007-08 to 2010-1
(click on it to zoom in)
As you can see the pay scale for teachers on Step 1 has grown dramatically since 2007-08 school year. Inflation since then has been around 5.2 percent. In other words, teacher pay for the first step has increased 2x to 3x more than inflation.
The middle chart shows the top-end pay has not grown as fast as inflation, but this may actually be due to the fact that teachers can top out of their rank 2 years earlier! Pay has gone up, but not as fast, but you can reach that top pay 2 years earlier!
That is why I also looked at year 7 - the middle point on the pay schedule. As you can see, with the exception of Class A (which tops out at year 5) all the others see dramatic growth. Almost all the categories beat inflation most by 2x! Toss in a small amount of furlough days and teachers may actually be making as much or more than they did when the recession began!
Basically, furloughs are a scam - it allows government to pretend it made salary cuts without actually making any salary cuts.
Any brave teacher unionistas out there want to prove me wrong? Please submit your tax returns for 2007 or 2008 and 2010 to prgibbonsedu_at_gmail.com.
NOTE: 1 teacher has claimed they are not subject to furloughs. If true then teachers have had substantial pay increases since the recession started (of over 10 percent) and Sandoval's request of a 5 percent pay cut for teachers (education employees) is overly kind. Employees make up a majority of the budget and an increase of 10 percent in salaries constitutes a significant portion of our budget shortfall.