District Statement Regarding Teacher Compensation 2022

Our families and community may see or hear media reports of the district cutting the salaries of veteran teachers while increasing the pay of new teachers. The Phoenix Elementary School District wants to provide clarity to our community regarding the news you might hear.  Below is important information regarding the current situation:

  • The District’s participation in a federal grant from 2014-2017 allowed teachers to retain thousands of dollars in performance pay in each of those years. During those years, this was paid through federal funding via the Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership (REIL) Grant.
  • The District created a plan in 2014 to set aside enough funding to sustain this compensation for two years, ending the program in 2020; however, the District was able to continue to fund the program for two additional years.  The funding will be exhausted at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
    • It costs $2.4 million to sustain this program each year. There are not funds remaining from the years in which we participated in the grant that allow the District to continue the program.
  • For the past two years, District leaders and committees of teachers have consistently communicated the life span of the program, ensuring that everyone knew when the funding would run out.
  • At the same time that the funding for this program is ending, District administration is proposing changes to compensation. These proposed changes will be used to soften the impact of the end of funding for this program and increase the salaries of nearly all of our staff. In this proposal:
    • All certified staff will receive a raise of $1,500 in their base salaries.
    • The District is working to ensure no full-time teacher earns below $45,000 per year.
    • Staff who received the grant funding will continue receiving 25% of the pay earned under this grant for next year.
    • All hourly support staff will receive a raise of as much as $1.76 per hour as the minimum wage is raised to $14 per hour
  • When balancing the proposal to raise salaries with the end of the program, over 65% of certified staff will receive an increase in pay in the 2022-23 school year.
    • For those who will receive a reduction in pay, all reductions are due to the end of federal funding for the performance pay program.
  • 171 teachers will experience an average reduction in pay of around $5,000.
    • The average current pay for these teachers is $75,732.
    • After the reduction, the average current pay is anticipated to be $70,692.
  • Considering the end of the funding for this program and the proposal to raise all base salaries, even after this funding ends, Phoenix #1 teachers will earn an average salary well above the state average.
    • The average teacher salary in Arizona is $54,814.
    • The current average teacher salary in Phoenix #1 is $64,724.
    • Balancing the proposal to raise salaries with the end of funding for the program, the average teacher salary in 2022-23 is anticipated to be $60,910.

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