As the new school year is here and these are some facts and figures to consider.
$80 Million – one-time funding WCPSS received last year for teacher assistants; still under negotiation for this school year
$3 Million – Driver’s Education funding received last year; still under negotiation for this school year
2,550 – teacher assistants working in WCPSS right now
900 – teachers hired during for the start of this school year
600 – experienced, but new to WCPSS
300 – new to the profession and new to WCPSS
$750 – one-time bonus for teachers proposed for the 2015-2016 school year
Unknown – whether or not teachers will move forward one step on the experience-based pay scale.
Teachers moved forward one step last year. Steps had been frozen for multiple years prior to that.
100 – WCPSS teacher vacancies at the start of this school year
150 – additional teachers needed if state funding is required to be used to lower class size instead of funding teacher assistants
10 Percent – roughly the percent of state education numbers represented by WCPSS.
Countless – number of parents glad to see the start of the school year!