* Remember when I told you on June 3rd that heads were gonna explode over a provision in the BIMP which repealed a 2018 law that forced local school districts to pay the costs of any end-of-career raises above 3 percent? The new provision moved that cap back to 6 percent, where it had been for several years.
Heads did indeed explode…
* Sun-Times: Teacher pension ‘spiking’ is back — and we’ll all pay
* Crain’s: Who’s really in charge in Springfield? - This giveaway to teachers unions is the strongest sign yet that the Democrats who control both houses of the General Assembly as well as the Governor’s Mansion work for them and no one else.
* Tribune: Pritzker, teacher’s pet, allows more pricey pension spiking
* Illinois Policy Institute: Pritzker budget lifts cap on pension spiking
* Center Squared: Repeal of pension spiking ban a final blow to taxpayers
* Forbes: Hidden In the Legislate-A-Thon, Illinois Restores Pension Spiking
* News-Gazette: Teachers spike pension ball
* Journal-Courier: A backslide on curtailing cost of public pension
* But this is from a June 2nd Illinois Education Association press release…
Because educators can qualify for a pension after five years and can leave their school district at any time, school board attorneys had been arguing for a 3 percent limit on all salary increases across the entire length of an educator’s teaching contract, creating havoc in districts in the midst of negotiations.
Whoa. That’s crazy, but it makes a certain sense. The 3 percent cap applied to the final ten years of a career, but the final ten years of an educator’s career could very well be the only ten years of that career, particularly with all the K-12 teacher turnover out there.
* I followed up with the IEA’s Bridget Shanahan, who sent me this partial list…
In all these districts the 3% law was brought up and the school board or community college board in some way suggested limiting raises to 3% across the board. The end results vary from district to district.
JAMP special education
New Simpson Hill
Williamson Co. Special Education Cooperative
Beardstown CUSD #15
LaHarpe CSD #347
West Prairie CUSD #103
West Aurora 129
Lewis and Clark Community College
Riley School District 18
Scales-Mound School District
Effingham Community Unit District 40
Teutopolis Community Unit District 50
Clay City Community Unit District 10
Lawrenceville Community Unit District 20
Oblong Community Unit District 4
Illinois Eastern Community College
Not all of these districts were successful at limiting the raises, but it’s at least worth pointing out. And keep in mind that this is just the IEA. The IFT likely has its own list.