Regarding the article on the front page of the Feb. 6 paper, “Lodi Unified School District officials approve raises for teachers.” This headline and the first line of the article are incorrect. Teachers are not getting “raises.” The district is offering to “restore salaries to pre-budget cut levels.” These are two very different things.
As a teacher in Lodi Unified School District for over 20 years, it has been quite a while since I have seen an actual raise, with or without COLA. This offer is to restore the pay that was cut from our salary schedule, frozen in step increases and taken because of furlough days two years ago.
In the time since then, we have seen our class sizes grow and our expense budgets cut while working hard, often on our time and at our own expense, to make the necessary changes to accommodate the new Common Core State Standards that require us to change what we teach and how we teach it. Teachers do this because of the good of the students and the community. Raises would be nice, as my family’s expenses have gone up in the last two years as well.
This offer from the district isn’t a raise, just a restoration to what we were earning two years ago.