Poll: Parents like combat pay for teachers
There are a lot of nuggets to chew on in the latest PDK/Gallup education survey, released today, but here's one that seems to put parents at odds with school districts and teachers unions: They really, really like the idea of paying teachers more for working in tough schools.
Asked if teachers should be paid higher salaries as an incentive to teach in schools which have been identified as in need of improvement, 68 percent of the parents who responded said yes.
In Florida, few districts have meaningful plans for differential pay for high-needs schools (as we've pointed out before, Hillsborough is a notable exception) and the unions don't exactly get warm and fuzzy over the idea. Under the state's differentiated accountability system, schools in the more dire categories must offer differential pay but in Pinellas at least those details are still being worked out.
So, are the parents right?