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School district reaches agreement on teacher pay

Posted at 7:16 AM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 12:06:46-04

The Clark County School District and Clark County Education Association have reached an agreement on teacher pay.

During last night's board meeting, CCSD voted in favor of the plan they announced last month.

The plan provides $51 million for step increases, better health care, and an additional $17.9 million for the implementation of the professional growth system.

The money would be used for contracts between 2018 and 2021.

Superintendent Jesus Jara is proud of the agreement,saying settling the contract dispute was one of his top priorities. 

CCEA President Vikki Courtney spoke in support of this three-year agreement, which brings to an end what has been a long fight that has resulted in low morale amongst educators, and a breakdown in labor relations between CCSD and CCEA, stating:

“We need to work together now to fight for additional funding from the State, as well as a local funding option to ensure that our Clark County schools have the necessary funding to ensure the success of every student.”

The new agreement is historic in several ways. It is the first three-year agreement in over a decade, and signals a new chapter in the labor relationship between CCSD and CCEA that for so long has deteriorated. It further cements a new partnership between CCSD and CCEA to fight for funding, and develop programs together to improve student achievement. 

For the first time ever, CCSD and CCEA will work together when building the budget to include the cost of educator salary (step and column), health, and other benefit increases. That is transparency that has not existed before. 

In addition, for the first time ever, CCSD and CCEA are committed to working together to secure this additional funding in the 2019 Legislative Session.

Lastly, for the first time ever, 70% of all the additional funding secured will go directly to paying for educator salary, health, and benefit increases. This is dedicated funding, not discretionary.

We look forward to a strong partnership to ensure that Clark County students and educators get the funding they need. Thank you to CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jara and all the Trustees for supporting educators.