Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zais: No teacher salary increases again this year

This is another illustration of why the Constitution should clearly require that the state superintendent of education be an advocate for public education.

Zais asked a Ways and Means panel Wednesday not to cut a key funding stream for classrooms, but did he not ask for an increase. The so-called base student cost primarily pays teacher salaries. The current per-student allocation is about $1,900 because of recession budget cuts. A state funding formula calls for it to be nearly $2,800 this year.

House Minority Leader Harry Ott blasted Zais, repeatedly asking whether he's telling teachers they should go a fourth year without a raise.

The Republican superintendent says he's not sure the money is available, and legislators can provide more than he is requesting. Ott says Zais needs to make the request.

The person authorized under the Constitution to represent the needs of South Carolina's public schoolchildren doesn't ask the legislature for the resources necessary to meet those needs. Yet our lawmakers will bray and groan about the so-called failure of our public schools.

Flash: South Carolina's public schools are doing precisely what they are funded to do. We have what we've paid for.

1 comment:

  1. No pay raises in 4 years? Inflation does not take holidays. Meanwhile, teachers not only do not get raises each year for the past four years, teachers have been forced to take furlough days thus reducing their annual pay. These furlough days are increasing each year and teacher salaries are getting lower and lower. How about furloughing the Governor and legislature and reducing their pay each year?