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Plan to increase TUSD teacher pay could jeopardize revising discipline policy

Posted at 4:47 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 20:07:54-04

Tucson Unified School District will once again lay out options to increase teacher pay that resulted from the state-wide walkout.

The district is receiving $15,000,000, and the state left it up to the districts to decide on whether all the money would go to teacher raises.

The district is presenting four scenarios for board members to consider. One scenario boosts starting teacher pay to $40,000.

Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo's options include spreading the money around to all staff, including bus drivers and school monitors. 

Whichever teacher pay option the board decides on, it could jeopardize a proposed revision to the discipline policy.

TUSD board members are slated tonight to get an update, but Trujillo says he may not have the money to make the new plan work. 

Trujillo has been revamping the policy all year long. 

This follows KGUN9's more than a two-year investigation that uncovered severe discipline issues.

The previous administration attempted to change some discipline policies, but the majority board voted down the proposed plan because it was convoluted.

Trujillo says he now has to wait for the board's decision on the raises, and it "gives me the direction to kind of gather the team and say alright, now we have to take a look at the pieces of the GSRR and seriously consider even walking back some of our proposals."

Trujillo has scheduled a town hall on the proposed revision to the discipline policy on June 5th. He's hoping to get board approval on the 12th.