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La. House Ed. Chair Nancy Landry Doesn’t Get to Pay Teachers Less

May 16, 2016

In March 2016, Louisiana House Education chair Nancy Landry sponsored a bill HB 392, “Provides relative to the reduction of teacher salaries under certain circumstances.” At the heart of the bill was the possibility of cutting teacher or other school employee salaries across the board (underlined text is Landry’s addition):

C.(1) The amount of the annual salary paid to a teacher or other school employee in any school year shall not be reduced below the amount of such salary paid during the previous school year, nor shall the amount of the annual salary paid to such school personnel be reduced at any time during an academic year, unless the reduction is part of a plan for reduction of school system expenditures that is applicable to all similarly situated employees or the reduction is a result of programmatic changes or a school or program reorganization.

nancy landry 2  Nancy Landry

Landry’s HB 392 also included the possibility of teacher or other school employee pay reduction if a district decided to transfer a teacher or other school employee to a lower-paying position:

(3) The limitations on the reduction in the amount of the annual salary paid to teachers and other school employees shall not be applicable to:

(a) The correction of any accounting errors error or to a reduction necessitated by the elimination of a federal or state program or state funding.

(b) The reduction of any local salary supplement funded, in whole or in part, from a revenue source requiring voter approval when such voter approval has not been obtained.

(c) A teacher or other school employee who has been promoted to a position of higher salary is transferred or demoted in accordance with applicable law and local board or special school district policy to a lower position. In such case, the teacher or other school employee shall return to the salary previously received in the lower position from which he was promoted.

(d) The transfer of an employee into a position for which the board-approved salary is lower if such transfer is the result of the elimination of a position, a school closure, or a school or program reorganization.

The underlined text above was in Landry’s original bill.

Since that time, Landry’s HB 392 has become HB 1156, which has made its way to the Louisiana Senate as of this writing. (The amended bill, HB 1156, passed the House on May 11, 2016, with a vote of 86-7.)

HB 1156 is a much kinder bill to teachers and other school employees. The language pertaining to across-the-board salary reductions has been dropped. Furthermore, if during an academic year already in process, a teacher is “reorganized” into a position that requires fewer working hours, that teacher retains his/her pay for that academic year.

Here is the brief text of HB 1156:

(3) The limitations on the reduction in the amount of the annual salary paid to teachers and other school employees shall not be applicable to:

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(d) The elimination, discontinuance, or reorganization of the position to which the employee is assigned that results in the employee working fewer hours, days, or months. In such case, the employee’s salary for that academic year shall not be reduced. After that year, the employee’s salary shall be determined in accordance with the salary schedule established pursuant to Subsection A of this Section.

If the bill passes the Senate, then the above underlined condition shall be the only change with respect to teacher (and other school employees’ salaries. If the bill dies in the Senate, then exception d. above will not be added to the list of exceptions (see a. through c. above).

It is possible that the Senate could further amend the bill, but it is not likely that an across-the-board cut will be reintroduced since the House Committee on Education nixed the across-the-board pay cut language before HB 392 emerged from committee.

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Coming June 24, 2016, from TC Press:

School Choice: The End of Public Education? 

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Stay tuned.

 

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?.

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2 Comments
  1. LA Educator permalink

    Thanks for the good news & all of your efforts!!

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