Sunday, May 15, 2011


My, oh my zero percent allowable growth doesn't seem so bad for education.

West Des Moines school board OKs pay and benefits

Teachers will get a 2.93 percent combined increase to salary and benefit packages.

A 2 percent salary increase is scheduled for administrators who meet performance requirements.

There's a 2 percent salary increase for a group that includes program coordinators and teaching coaches and a 2.7 percent salary increase for nonunion support staff.

The contract is based on an allocation of zero percent allowable growth from the state Legislature.

They must be teaching fuzzy math in West Des Moines and the scientific community is united in that fact.

State Senator Paul McKinley notes zero percent allowable growth actually provides more state money to local schools than they received after Governor Culver made his disastrous across-the-board cut.

What's more the fear mongers who've stated for months that statewide layoffs of teachers would be close to 1500 if zero percent allowable growth was allowed. The story went on to say the actual result will be closer to 100 positions statewide and most of those are a result of retirements, loss of student enrollment and one-time dollars from the federal stimulus running out.

It's the truth, it's actch'll
Ev'rything is satisfactch'll


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