WHY WEA PAC?. Washington Legislature 2011. Washington voters Rejected an income tax initiative that would have raised billions for public education. • Overturned new taxes on soda, candy and bottled water.
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Suspend I-728 class size reduction funding – ($861
Eliminate K-4 class size reduction – ($215 million).
$6 million from a reduction in Running Start funding
$4.8 million cut to Summer Vocational Skills Program
$1.9 million elimination of funding for math and science coaches
Suspend I-732 COLA – ($265 million)
Across-the-Board Salary Reduction – ($179 million)
National Board Bonus Changes – ($61.1 million)
Repeal of the Plan 1 Uniform COLA – ($275 million)
$ to Explore a State Takeover of K-12 health benefits - $1.2 million
The Ohio Public Employee Collective Bargaining Law
Prohibits a a school district from entering into a collective bargaining agreement that does specified things, such as establishing a maximum number of students who may be assigned to a classroom or teacher.
Requires collective bargaining agreements between such an education-related public employer and public employees to comply with all applicable state or local laws or ordinances regarding wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment, unless the conflicting provision establishes benefitsthat are less than provided in the law or ordinance..
Requires merit-based pay for most public employees, including teachers and nonteaching school employees
Generally eliminates statutory salary schedules and steps.
Limits public employer contributions toward health insurance premiums to 80%.
Abolishes continuing contracts for teachers, except for those continuing contracts in existence prior to the effective date of the bill.
Prohibits a public employer from paying employee contributions to certain retirement systems.
Removes consideration of seniority and of length of service, by itself, from decisions regarding a reduction in work force of certain public employees.
$2.5 billion total cut in K-12 and higher education funding over the next two years