JCPS teachers to receive 5% raise for next school year

It's the second raise for JCPS teachers in just the last year.
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 9:46 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 11:12 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Teachers working for Jefferson County Public Schools are can expect another raise, the second one in just the last year.

The 5% raise will happen during the 2023-24 school year. That’s on top of the 4% raise they got at the start of this year.

The agreement between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) was announced Monday.

The raise applies to all teachers full-time employees in the district.

Though the timing of the agreement is abnormal, it’s warranted said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio.

“We had to ask, why are we waiting until the spring to do this just because that’s the way we’ve always done it,” Pollio said, “when we may lose teachers in December, January, February.”

Pollio said the raise is another incentive to attract candidates to a district with just under 300 teaching vacancies.

It’s also to encourage active teachers to stay a little longer. Most teachers pensions are based on highest salaried years, and a pay raise would increase benefits.

Teachers receiving annual step increases, which are 2.5% on average, will still get those.

This is the latest recruiting move for JCPS, which has focused especially on low-income or traditionally poor-performing schools.

“It’s two-fold I think,” Pollio said. “Number one is making sure we attract teachers to many of our highest need schools, but then also making sure that we have teachers in every single school.”

Educators at JCPS’s 13 choice schools, a majority of which are in West Louisville, have already received an $8,000 raise.

They’ll still be the benefactors of the newest raise.

The raise will cost the district roughly $40 million and will come out of general funds.

JCTA President Brent McKim said the plan was easily ratified by the union.

“More than four out of five of our members voted in support,” McKim said. “It was an overwhelming show of support for this agreement.”

The updated contract between JCPS and the JCTA will head to the Jefferson County School Board for final approval.