Compensation, a longer school year and linking pay to performance have emerged as key issues in the talks, which remain unresolved more than seven months after the previous contract expired. The negotiations began in November.In SY2003 DC, when ranked against states, had the fifth highest average teacher salary and the third highest starting teacher salary.
Neither side would disclose its bargaining position on salary last week. But union officials have said they expect a significant pay increase given the demands of adapting to a completely new academic program. Schools officials, on the other hand, have noted that there is no money in next year's budget to pay for step increases required under the old contract, let alone raises in a new contract.
The school board asked the D.C. Council last month for an additional $40 million to cover both sets of raises.
UPDATE: Marc Borbely has more on teachers' salaries in the comment section.