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Benefits to Framingham Teachers May 7, 2004
Harold J. Wolfe Metrowest Daily News
While they are negotiating a new contract, the teachers union has decided to "work-to-rule".  The contractual rules state that teachers have to be in 15 minutes before school starts and leave 15 minutes after school ends.

For different school types, this makes for a short work day.  Elementary schools 6.5 hours, middle schools 6.7 hours, and high schools 7.0 hours.  Considering lunch, and breaks between classes, we're talking less than a 6 hour work day.  This is in their contract.

According to Dr. Martes, approximately half the teachers get an average step increase of $1700 in accordance to the pay schedule posted on the Framingham school web site http://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/hr/salsched.html  This implies that half of the teachers are already at their highest step.

Beyond step increases, teachers expect to get a cost of living adjustment (COLA) which will probably be zero this year.  It's all we can afford this year.  Better luck next year.

The teachers work only 9 months (180 days) of the year and most will have summer jobs to "help out" with their average $56,000 annual salary.  The taxpayers fund 90% of their health insurance and 90% of their retirement package.

Other amenities for teachers include up to $22.5K for tuition reimbursement, accumulating sick leave that can be cashed in on retirement, and a rich assortment of days off.

The October, 2003 issue of Boston magazine ranks Framingham 11th in the Boston metro area on per pupil expenditures.&mbsp; Weston ranks 8th.  The Framingham taxpayers are NOT a bottomless money pit.  If the teachers really want a pay raise, they'll have to chase more fixed income seniors out of town or cannibalize their own rank and file.

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