May 31, 2019
Early Education Salary Disparities Remain as City Acts to Address Concerns with Birth to Five RFP
On May 30th, Department of Education (DOE) released an addendum to the RFPs that reflects progress on four out of the five concerns outlined in the letter. While we believe that the changes made to the RFPs represent real progress, we remain concerned that the RFPs fail to close the wage gap between early education teachers at community-based organizations and their peers at DOE schools.
Your Voice Matters
Our collective advocacy over the past several months has helped to make sure that city leaders know New Yorkers are committed to a high quality and sustainable early education system. Thanks to your emails, calls and letters to date we have been successful in pressing the Mayor and his administration to engage in negotiations on salary parity for early childhood educators and to address the concerns raised regarding the birth to five RFP.
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The DOE also extended the deadline for the Birth to Five RFPs to June 13th.
Take Action Today!
The fifth issue raised in the letter was the RFPs perpetuation of salary disparities. While negotiations are underway, the issue has not been resolved and teachers, staff and directors in community-based organizations will continue to earn significantly less than their counterparts in DOE schools. Currently the gap between CBO early educators and DOE early educators ranges from $15,000 to $35,000 a year.
The city’s fiscal year 2020 budget is days from being finalized. Join providers, advocates and the City Council in urging Mayor de Blasio to end pay inequity between New York City’s early educators. Take 5 minutes today and tell our city leaders that all early education teachers deserve equal pay for equal work.
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