Portland went too far in requiring high school teachers to work harder, must pay them $1.5 million, limit their student loads
Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 2:12 PM Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 2:18 PM
Leaders of Portland Public Schoolswent too far when they switched high school schedules this year and forced teachers to teach more classes and shoulder heavier student loads, a state arbitrator has ruled.
Portland officials made the change to save money by stretching teachers further. They eliminated 44 teaching jobs, saving $4 million a year.
But the arbitrator, William Reeves, ruled that the school district didn't give teachers enough paid time to switch from teaching five 50-minute classes per day to six 90-minute classes that meet every other day. He ordered the district to pay affected high school teachers a week's extra pay for that.
District officials say that will cost them $750,000.
Reeves also said the district increased most teachers' student loads too much and ordered the