Jefferson Parish Schools Launches Education Campaign Surrounding Millage for Increases in Teachers Pay on May 4 Election
HARVEY, LA (March 25, 2019) — Jefferson Parish Schools (JP Schools) is the largest public school system in Louisiana with approximately 50,000 students and 7,000 employees on both sides of the Mississippi River; however, average teacher pay is currently ranked eight out of nine parishes in the region. A millage to provide for increases in teacher pay will go before Jefferson Parish voters on the May 4 election.
“To have great schools, we need to hire, grow and keep great teachers,” said JP Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. ”Jefferson Parish loses 30 percent of our veteran teachers every year and 40 percent of our new teachers every year. Pay is a big reason why we lose those teachers.”
Under Dr. Brumley’s leadership, JP Schools recently launched a strategic plan, and a critical component is teacher pay raises. 2024: The Future Our Kids Deserve outlines the district’s values, mission, capstones, goals, priorities and plans for action. Dr. Brumley’s plan for Competitive and Fair Compensation is a key piece of this and is a product of hundreds of meetings with school, district, community, business and industry leaders; best practices in education across the state and nation; extensive study of JP Schools data; feedback gained from internal surveys; and visits to dozens of schools and hundreds of classrooms across the district.
The Jefferson Federation of Teachers, along with the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce , the Jefferson Business Council , New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS and Westbank Business & Industry Association are among those who have officially endorsed the upcoming millage for teacher pay raises in Jefferson Parish Schools. According to the business community, an investment in public education means an investment in the future of Jefferson Parish. “Great schools enhance the quality of life for everyone in Jefferson Parish by creating an educated workforce and stronger economy, increasing property values and contributing to safer neighborhoods,” said Todd Murphy, president of the Jefferson Chamber.
According to Kesler Camese Jones, executive vice president of the Jefferson Federation of Teachers, “As the largest school system in Louisiana and the 98th largest in America, we have a responsibility to invest in our biggest asset – the teachers of Jefferson Parish. Passage of this crucial teacher pay millage will provide the funds necessary to be competitive with surrounding parishes, retain its best educators and recruit top new teachers in Jefferson Parish.”
The millage, which is an increase of 7.9 mils, will raise the average teacher’s base pay by $3,625 per year and provide a living wage for support staff. Additionally, teachers who fill positions for target content and/or at target schools will be eligible for extra stipends. If approved, people with a home valued at $200,000 will pay an additional $100.00 a year, which averages $8.00 per month.
“If you live or work in our parish, the success of our schools matter,” said Dr. Brumley. “It’s our job to give students the education they deserve to succeed in life and make our world a better place. We are hopeful that the community will vote on this critical issue.”
The election is on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Early voting is April 20-27 (except Sunday, April 21) from 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.jpschools.org/educatorpay. Connect with JP Schools on Facebook (@jeffparishschools), Instagram (@JPschools) and Twitter (@JPschools). To participate in #JPSchoolsThankATeacher social media campaign, visit www.jpschools.org/thankateacher and share your story of how a JP Schools teacher has made a positive impact on your life.
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About Jefferson Parish Schools: Jefferson Parish Schools is the largest and most diverse public school system in Louisiana and the 98th largest in the nation. Our system of 85 schools serve around 50,000 students on both sides of the Mississippi River. With approximately 7,000 employees, JP Schools is one of the largest employers in Jefferson Parish. Our district exists to provide the education our students deserve to succeed in life and make our world a better place.