Jerry Copeland, CEO of EMCS, guided board members through the report, which featured a detailed comparison of starting and maximum salaries for almost all jobs against 12 similar school systems, including Mobile County and Escambia County, Fla.
The Legislature is expected to mandate a 7 percent across-the-board pay raise for all employees this year, and Copeland
said the new salary structure would cost a little more than that 7 percent increase.More state money because of the pay raise and growing tax revenue in the county will finance the pay raises, and some workers could get less pay if they are re-assigned to a new pay scale based on their job's "skill, effort, time and responsibility," Copeland
...Copeland quoted former national Department of Education Secretary Bill Bennett, who said in the 1990s that American schools would face a shortage of more than 2 million teachers by 2008.
said Bennett's prediction has materialized, thanks to about half of education majors accepting jobs with "corporate America" instead of heading into the classroom.