I am hearing today from DeKalb teachers about contracts and letters, which appear to the source of confusion to some folks.
One teacher wrote:
We were informed today that we are receiving a 6.25 percent pay cut for the next academic year. Today, teachers were presented with contracts that are due on May 9th. The explanation for the pay cut was explained as an effect of a $70 million dollar budget shortfall. Teachers were given no other explanation or choice. This comes after we received a confusing email from the district explaining a “calendar change.” In this message, it appeared that teachers would be receiving pay increases of $1,000-$1,200 per month. This was later explained as an error.
But DeKalb spokesman Walter Woods said: “All contracts of employment for the 2012-2013 school year have been delivered to schools. Employees will either receive a contract or a delay letter. Teachers also received a letter today explaining that all contracts are printed with a 6.25 percent reduction in pay. This has been the standard practice for the last three years. Teachers are being reassured that after the Board of Education has approved the budget, their salaries will be adjusted.”
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog