Codd told PubliCola this morning: "We actually withdrew that proposal. The hour of collaboration time pay. We’re leaving that in the contract. And they still get the 2.6 percent compensation for that."
Re: teacher pay, She added: "One thing I think is really important for the public to know is we’re actually offering a 4 percent increase in compensation over two years. It keeps getting published as 2 percent. Well it’s 2 percent in one year, and then an additional 2 percent the next year, for a total of 4 percent. In addition to the restoration of the furloughs, which is 1.3 percent. When you add all that up, it’s actually a 5.3 percent increase over two years."
The union is staying mum until negotiations are done but there is an SEA press conference this afternoon. SEA President Jonathan Knapp said:
"I'm going to respect the confidentiality of the negotiations," he said, adding that he was "surprised" the SPS negotiators would give details about the ongoing negotiations. "That not how you reach a deal." He did say, "movement in one certain aspect of negotiations doesn't mean there's a deal on the table."
On the issue of the teacher evaluations, Codd said:
"It’s really puzzling to us, to be quite honest," she said. "SEA, right after the last contract was negotiated, touted this version as if it were their idea. We’ve got several videos with Jonathan Knapp and Glenn Bafia talking about this wonderful system that we have collaboratively designed that’s so different than what’s going on in DC and New York and Chicago and the rest of the nation. Here we come to 2013, and their message has changed."
Codd added that changing from the current, local evaluation model would jeopardize school funding because the state model doesn't meet federal standards.
Interesting last statement from her:
We’re actually really hopeful. Yesterday went well; we’ll be at it again today. We think that after today everything will be on the table. I’m sure there will be more negotiation as the week continues, and maybe into the weekend. But at the end of the day, we will definitely reach an agreement that meets the needs of teachers, educators and the students. And of course the district.
So it may be down to the nth hour, after all.