The Shelby County School Board approves more Transition Planning Committee (TPC) recommendations, this time regarding teachers' health care plans.
The big issue approved: The recommendation that teachers will have to pay more for their health insurance. School Board Member Martavious Jones gave the example that if teachers are currently paying $200 per month for a $1,000 family plan, they would have to pay $250 or so a month under the changes.
The Memphis Education Association (MEA) says this increases family costs and can negatively impact students whose family members are teachers.
Jones says the proposal is not solely because of the school merger. He says health care costs continue to rise and, if there was no merger, Memphis and Shelby County would have had teachers pay more regardless. He adds that it's a way to lower the costs for the district.
Another health insurance recommendation approved will be not allow health insurance to be provided to spouses of school employees if the spouse can provide their own.