By Patrick O’Donnell/Cleveland.com
Merit pay for teachers is a main issue as the Cleveland schools and teachers union continue negotiations that could restore at least some of the $13 million in cuts made Tuesday and avoid larger cuts next year.
The district, which says it needs pay concessions from teachers to avoid the cuts, wants to establish a system tying pay raises to teacher performance instead of years of experience.
Neither side on Wednesday characterized the merit-pay issue as a major sticking point. But it is part of the longer term financial debate even as they haggle over how to offset this year’s decrease in state aid and the rehiring of 300 teachers who had been laid off in the spring.