ERIC Number: ED238108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Merit Pay and Master Teachers. SMERC Alert! Information for Professional Excellence.
An overview is presented of the California Mentor Teacher Program (signed into law in July, 1983) and the related issues of merit pay and master teachers. The operation of the Mentor Teacher Program, the first statewide program of its kind, is briefly described. The program is said to be an outgrowth of the merit pay and master teacher movements; therefore, lessons learned from these movements could be relevant to the mentor program. Issues involved in merit pay are listed including four objections raised by opponents and five characteristics which are common to successful merit pay programs. The master teacher concept and the controversy it has caused are summarized along with the description of a master teacher program which has been proposed by the governor of Tennessee. The opinions of several national organizations, national task forces, and Education Secretary Terrel Bell are presented on these issues. A four-item bibliography on merit pay is included. (DC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City, CA. SMERC Information Center.
Identifiers: California Mentor Teacher Program; PF Project