Some pointers on differential pay
If Pinellas is serious about pursuing financial incentives for teachers in tough schools, they might find some good ideas in this new report from the Center for American Progress. Since there aren’t many districts trying differential pay in a meaningful way (Hillsborough being an exception), the authors reviewed research on the subject in other sectors, including civil service, the military, the medical field and private industry.
It’s not clear what the magic number is, they say. But financial incentives in those other sectors tend to be 10 to 30 percent of an employee’s salary. So, if the average teacher in Pinellas makes $46,844 a year, the corresponding incentives would be in the $4,700 to $14,100 range.
We know budget cuts make a package like that impossible, for now. We know other factors are hugely important – the principal, working conditions, etc. But if that kind of money was on the table, teachers, would you at least think about it?