ProComp: Professional Review Panel

DPS has recently reached an agreement with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). To see what your pay will look like under the new agreement, we encourage educators to use our updated salary finder. This page is currently being updated to reflect the terms of our new agreement and teacher compensation structure. Thank you for your patience.

The Professional Review Panel hears disputes about pay for any element of ProComp.

Composition of the Review Panel

The ProComp Professional Review Panel is made up of a trained panel of five teacher/student services professionals (SSPs) and five administrators appointed by the ProComp Transition Team.

Panel members serve for two years. Those appointed have training and recent experience in mediation, problem-solving and research, and a working knowledge of the DCTA Master Agreement and ProComp Agreement. Panel members also receive training, jointly developed by DPS and DCTA and approved by the Transition Team, on mediation and problem-solving skills, as well as details on the ProComp system.

Review Panel Responsibilities

Panel members are available for hearings to review requests and supporting documentation from teachers/SSPs appealing a pay decision. Each Professional Review Panel member works with a fellow Panel member to reach consensus on a decision to uphold or overturn a ProComp element pay decision. They use the payment rules defined in the ProComp agreement articles and the approved documentation of policies, processes and procedures adopted by the Transition Team.

Panel Process

Pay disputes are heard by the appointed panel within 25 days of receipt of the dispute document. Educators interested in filing a concern should follow these key steps in the 20-day process:

  • The educator has 20 days after receiving a pay form to initiate the review process.
  • Teachers should attempt to resolve the dispute at the lowest level with the principal or supervisor or appropriate human resources representative.
  • If that is not successful, the appeal is reviewed by one teacher and one administrator chosen randomly from the 10-member panel.
  • Following a hearing where both the teacher and the decision-making administrator present the facts of their dispute, the two panelists consider the merits of the disagreement.
  • If the two panelists can reach consensus on action to be taken, they issue a decision which is then implemented.
  • If no consensus is reached, the original pay decision stands.

For those needing to file a dispute document, please fill out this online form. 

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