Contract negotiations have broken down between the Rapid City School District and the representative group for the teachers, the Rapid City Education Association, reports the Rapid City Journal.
The Rapid City School District proposed a new salary structure that would set the base salary for all teachers at $40,000, with annual increases of $2,000 for the 5 years following, capped at $50,000. This new pay structure does not factor in additional higher education degrees, or years of experience, and after the first 5 years, any salary increase would be determined in annual contract negotiations.
The Rapid City Education Association voted not to ratify this new proposal because it provides no incentive for teachers to pursue higher education, which would have the long term effect of teachers leaving Rapid City for schools that will. They also say the new structure sends the message that "veteran teachers are not valued."
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