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).
Printable 301 FAQ (in PDF)
Q. How much money will I receive for the 2018-2019 301 Plan year?
A. The total possible payment amount is $2,670. Funds are split in two payments: The first payment is $1,780 prorated based on your FTE allocation. The second payment will be up to $890 based on evaluation classification and prorated per FTE allocation.
Q. What are the Teacher evaluation scores for the 2018-2019 301 Plan year and possible payments for each?
46 or fewer points
Q. When can I expect the money for the 2018-2019 school year?
A. The first payment is scheduled to be paid on May 10, 2019 and the second payment is scheduled to be paid on June 21, 2019.
Q. Who is eligible for 301 Pay for Performance monies?
A. Certified Employees who are placed on TDR-A salary schedule in the 2018-2019 TUSD/TEA Consensus Agreement and Master Teachers (excluding Child Find staff).
Q. I know I am eligible, but what do I need to do to ensure I receive the money? Any changes?
A. As in the previous year, if eligible, the first payment is based on completion of (7) hours of PLC work. Employees are responsible for signing in to each PLC attended. The second payment is based on evaluation scores. Employees need to review their evaluations and ensure they are completed and signed off on to avoid payment delays. Updates made to the 301 Plan for the 2018-19 school year are solely based on dates and amounts.
Q. In 2017-18 SY, "grandfathered employees" were eligible to receive 301 monies. Why are they not included in this year's plan? What about people new to TDR-B?
A. In January, 2018, the TUSD Internal Auditor conducted an analysis of the 301 Plan. Based on the Audit, TUSD was advised to discontinue the "Grandfather List". Based on legal advice, there does not appear to be an avenue to utilize these funds for individuals who are not on the TDR-A salary schedule or who are not coded as instruction. With that, 301 monies cannot be used to pay National Board stipends for individuals not on TDR-A.
Q. Is there anything that can be done to have this money be tax-free or not subject to ASRS?
A. Unfortunately, no. However, you can adjust your tax withholding prior to disbursement. Look for "Tax Withholding Forms" under Employee Resources in the iVisions Web Portal. Tucson Unified School District #1 does not give legal or tax advice so you should consult with your tax advisor to review your particular circumstances. Tucson Unified School District #1 does not assume responsibility or liability for decisions based on use of the withholding forms process, as numerous factors can affect the actual outcome. For additional questions, please contact the Payroll department at Payroll@tusd1.org.
Q. Can the money be disbursed in one lump sum? Can the money be spread out throughout the year?
A. The deadline for PLC work (March 7) comes approximately two months ahead of the evaluation deadline (May 15). Thus, we choose not to hold the first payment as we are able to distribute it prior to the close of the school year. Additionally, we cannot forward monies until the PLC verification and the evaluation process is completed.
Q. How much is being retained for appeals?
A. If any funds remain in Fund 12 of the Classroom Site Fund after the Pay for Performance Stipends identified in Article IV are fully paid, TUSD may retain up to 3% to address appeals. Any money remaining from the 2018-2019 fund in excess of 3% shall be distributed no later than December, 2019. See 301 Plan for more detail.
Q. I have questions about evaluation components (Bench Marks, Growth Scores, Student Input, Danielson, DIBELS, etc). Who do I contact?
A. Dr. Halley Freitas (Halley.Freitas@tusd1.org) or Michael Moeykens (Michael.Moeykens@tusd1.org). For your convenience, you can view the Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation Model here (in PDF).
Q. I am concerned my evaluation score is incorrect?
A. For questions related to Evaluation appeals, please contact Human Resources (HRDocs@tusd1.org).
Q. I did not receive my 301 payments. How do I file an appeal?
A. To appeal 1st payment-complete Exhibit C "Individual Appeals Form" and include evidence of completion of required PLC work by Monday, April 15, 2019 to Employee Relations. To appeal the 2nd payment, complete Exhibit F, "Individual Appeals Form-Evaluations" with the required documentation to Employee Relations by Friday, June 21, 2019.
Q. Is this a governor's pay increase?
A. No. In 2000, Arizona approved Proposition 301, which created a funding stream using sales tax to increase teacher salaries and to give teachers an opportunity to earn performance pay. Each year, a committee of teachers and administrators reviews the performance pay plan that outlines eligibility and criteria for payment. The plan is subject to ratification of at least 70% of the eligible plan participants and the approval of the Governing Board. Proposition 301 expires in 2021.
Q. Who is on the 301 Committee?
A. Per the TEA Consensus Agreement, the committee is appointed by TEA and TUSD. Currently, the committee is made up of four principals and four educators. The President of TEA and the Director of Employee Relations facilitate the committee.
Q. I have questions regarding the competitive process for 301-eligibile positions. Who can I contact?
A. Please contact Human Resources (HRDocs@tusd1.org).
Q. I have questions about the 2018-2019 301 Plan. Where can I get information?
A. Please refer to the information on this webpage or contact Employee Relations at ER@tusd1.org.