As part of the UTLA/LAUSD contract, educators increase their annual salary by taking classes to improve their effectiveness as teachers. This article covers some of the basics.
For more information, go to the Joint Salary Point Credit Committee website at achieve.lausd.net/Page/1848.
In order to maximize your salary – and your retirement – make sure you have completed 98 salary points by the end of your tenth year of service.
For every 14 salary points, you move to the next box, or “schedule,” on the T Salary Table or L Salary Table. In order to start on career increments (the 11-14 “tail” and the CI smaller box at the bottom of the chart), you have to have completed 98 salary points. (There was a rule about having to complete two more salary points after the tenth year, but it has been eliminated.)
Semester units are equal to one salary point. Quarter units are equal to two-thirds of a semester unit. Coursework has to be related to courses which are commonly taught in K-12 in LAUSD. (There was a rule that courses had to be related to your current assignment, but that rule was changed in 2008.)
Note: You cannot receive credit for the same course within a five-year period.
There are three places where salary point courses are regularly listed:
In order for teachers to move past Schedule 22 on the pay scale, they must complete four multicultural salary points. Until 2008, there used to be “specific” and “general” classifications, but these have been eliminated. Multicultural points can be earned through U points, P points, and NA points. Most teachers working on a CLAD or BCLAD will meet the requirement, and District interns will satisfy the multicultural requirements as part of their program. Many of our UTLA committees offer salary points for their conferences and classes later this year. Most classes are offered for free or a nominal charge.
There are a number of forms for the submission of salary point credit. Even though the forms are all different, the salary points all count the same. The forms for each of the processes can be found here.
Credit should be granted within 12 weeks of the date the paperwork is submitted. With P and NA points, credit is given back to the date that the class ended. Credits for U points are determined by the date you turn it in. Be sure to turn in your paperwork as quickly as possible!
Points that have been entered into the system can be viewed here at this website. If you have any questions call the Salary Allocation unit.