Actualy, the 12-month cycle for pay is weird because, as celticann notes, the Sep-June checks are smaller not just because there's the cut deducted for the summer warrents, but also because the summer checks don't have medical/vision/union dues/etc deducted. So the summer checks are significantly larger than the school-year checks. But the district gets the interest on your pay. If dawsnzchck's district offers this, I wouldn't recommend it, unless she's like my friend who mysteriously ran out of money in early August one year. Now she has the district save her money and send her the July and August checks. I prefer to pay all my summer bills in April and May (except the mortgage, obviously). Then I'm quite happy in June and July (movies, food, Target money), ok in August (not as many movies and the food isn't as good) and very sad in September where I have to work 6 weeks before I even see the first paycheck.
I think our teachers can opt for a 12-month pay cycle. You get less per month but you have funds the entire yeawr. (sic)
frewen, how many days is the school year in Germany? In California, the students have a 180-day school year, while the teachers go only an extra 2 days for staff inservice. In some part of my brain, I actually know the precise number of minutes our school year has to be by state law.