On December 13, 2016, TUSD Governing Board approved the amendment to the 2016-2017 301 Plan that addresses the surplus in Fund 12 (Pay for Performance).
At the same meeting, the Governing Board gave direction to Dr. Sánchez to spend down Fund 12 for this plan year (2016-2017 301 Plan).
The 301 TUSD/TEA Joint Task Force has reconvened to address the directive.
Your next steps:
1). Open and read the "Second Amendment Resource" explaining the Second Amendment to the current 2016-2017 301 Plan.
2). Open and read the "FINAL Second Amendment"
3). Check your email beginning Monday, February 13, 2017 for an email from Survey Monkey. Email should be in your box by noon on the 13th.
4). Vote to “approve” or “not approve” the amendment via Survey Monkey by 11:59 PM on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
This amendment may not be approved unless 70% of all eligible plan participants vote to approve it.
While there has always been some carryover since the inception of Fund 12, as well as some underutilization of the fund, much of that carryover was paid to eligible employees before school year 2012-2013.
In fact, some employees may remember receiving a double payment during school year 2008-2009.
The current surplus is limited to carryover from school years 2012-2013 through 2015-2016.
The estimated surplus, which includes the interest earned in the fund, is approximately $9.5 million.
This amount includes funds that must be used to pay employee benefit payments associated with Fund 12 payments.
For questions related to 301 eligibility or payments, contact the Curriculum Deployment and Professional Development Department at 225-6294
For all other questions, contact Employee Relations at 225-6739
At the December 13, 2016 Governing Board meeting, the board approved the amendment to address to the Performance Pay Fund surplus.
The amendment allows for former eligible employees to return to the classroom in order to participate in the 2016 plan. If you are interested in this, please read 301 Pay for Performance Plan amendment: Important information for former eligible employees.
The board also directed the district to enact a "plan B" at the request of teachers who attended the meeting. Dr. Sánchez agreed with the idea and presented it to the board at the December 13, 2016 meeting. Essentially, if any surplus remains in the fund for the 16-17 school year, a plan will be developed to distribute the money to plan eligible teachers right away. The funds will not roll over into the next plan year.
In November 2016, the Joint TEA/TUSD 301 Classroom Site Fund Planning Committee reconvened to address the Performance Pay Fund surplus existing after the current 301 Pay for Performance Plan is fully funded.
The Governing Board has recognized this joint committee, through the Consensus Agreement, as the committee responsible for preparing the 301 Pay for Performance Plan. Upon reconvening, the joint committee sent a survey to all current 301 eligible teachers to rank three 301 surplus payout options developed from suggestions that were made by teachers at the 301 forums that TEA hosted in October.
The current plan must be fully funded since participants have started to attend their PLCs in anticipation of receiving their payment. Based on the survey results, the joint committee prepared and sent the amendment to all 301 eligible teachers for their vote for approval. The amendment could only address the excess that remains after the current plan is paid in full.
The amendment was then sent to eligible teachers for vote. To be adopted, the amendment needed to receive at least 70% vote of approval. The amendment received 73.6% vote of approval, and so the joint committee presented the amendment to the Tucson Unified Governing Board for approval at the December 13, 2016 Governing Board Meeting, during which the board approved the amendment.
For information, read the Approved 301 Amendment to 2016-17 Pay for Performance Plan (In PDF).
If you worked for Tucson Unified School District during the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 school years and were eligible for a Fund 12 payment under the applicable 301 Pay for Performance Plan, then you can now be hired and placed into a classroom teacher position, subject to district hiring policies and procedures, and you can participate in the 301 Pay for Performance Plan for 2016-2017. Learn more >>
To learn about 301 eligibility requirements, please review the current 301 Pay for Performance Plan (in PDF).
Presentation from CFO Karla Soto on November 17, 2016 | Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)
Presentation from Joint Committee Co-Chair Richard Foster, Senior Director of Curriculum Deployment and Professional Development on November 17, 2016 | Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)
Presentation from General Counsel Todd Jaeger on November 17, 2016 | Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)