The legislature is still working on the current budget for 2020. There are quite a few things that still must happen for the final budget to released. The House has passed a teacher pay raise, but the question is how much revenue will come with it? It is always important to remember that if this all flows through the formula, it will be more dependent on the number of WADM that you have in your school than on the number of teachers in district.
As with last year's pay raise, it is important to remember that burdens will be a requirement for the salary increase. If it’s a $1,200 increase, it will be vital to calculate the benefits that go along with the pay raise. One area that we often forget is the retirement and tax match that goes along with any increase in pay, especially if we are looking at employees in the federal programs. Now would be a good time to look at the net effect on the budget if the pay raise does pass the legislature.
Get ready, people: Google has something new headed your way! They have recently announced that they’re going to release an Enterprise version of G Suite for Education. Some schools may never have any interest in this offering, but I'll explain what it is and why you may want to give it a look.
Oh, the hot days of summer! As educators, this is the calm before the August storm, and for parents this is the time when boredom begins to set in. I recently read two articles that rejuvenated two “old-fashion” ideas/activities: coloring and reading to our children (no matter what the age).
We all wish we had more opportunities for it. Whether you're facing time constraints or distance, OPSRC wants to help! Every year in August, we get many requests to travel to individual sites for professional development, and we want to continue meeting all your needs.
If you’ve been keeping up with the world of education and tech, you are probably aware that we have some new devices from two tech giants.