Houston union to collaborate with district on compensation issues

The Houston Federation of Teachers announced yesterday that it has joined with Houston ISD officials to create a Compensation Committee to collaborate and negotiate salaries for district employees. HFT President Zeph Capo and Superintendent Grenita Lathan released a joint statement in support of the committee:

“There is no greater impact on the education of a child than having a highly effective teacher in the classroom. To recruit and retain the best educators for children in HISD, dollars must be strategically invested in the classroom. Over the next several weeks, HISD will work with the Houston Federation of Teachers to identify a more competitive teacher compensation scale, meaningful stipends for teachers in classrooms serving students with the greatest needs, guidelines for increased compensation for teachers with advanced degrees, and a performance appraisal system that fairly identifies teachers with a record of success and pairs them with students who need them the most. HISD and HFT are hopeful that the work of this Committee will produce proposals that will improve the educational outcomes of the 210,000 students in HISD.”