Teachers: Bring on performance pay
Yes, you read that headline right.
Despite all the frothing over Florida’s ill-fated STAR plan - and the puzzled pause that seems to have greeted its successor - some teachers say performance pay is not only good, but necessary. “We boldly state that our students deserve a new teacher-compensation system,” says a report released this morning by the Center for Teacher Quality.
More hot air from a gaggle of think-tankers? Hardly. The center's report was written by 18 teachers from across the country, including Susan Bischoff, a fifth grade teacher at Ballard Elementary in Manatee County. The current salary system, the teachers write, is as outdated as 'the dusty blackboards still found in some school classrooms." Should teachers get paid more? Of course they should, the teachers say. But they should get paid differently, too. Under a plan they envision, teachers in Raleigh, N.C. - which includes that state's brainy, high-tech Research Triangle - could earn up to $130,000 a year. To read more, click here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter