ERIC Number: ED053072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
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American Federation of Teachers' Statement on Vertical Staffing.
This position paper details the AFT's opposition to vertical staffing patterns which create salary differentials based on different "levels" of responsibility and thus foster disunity among teachers. It supports, rather, the concept of horizontally differentiated roles and responsibilities, which bases extra salaries upon the union principle of extra pay for extra work, e.g., supervision of interns or committee work. In support of this position, two examples are cited of differentiated staffing programs developed AFT locals. The first program, Career in the Classroom, was developed by the New York City union and funded under the USOE School Personnel Utilization Program of the Bureau of Educational Personnel Development. The program calls for the creation of a wide range of positions, from paraprofessional to adjunct professor. The second program, at a high school in suburban Minneapolis, has also developed a horizontally differentiated staff which includes clerical teacher aides, teacher interns and assistants, teachers, and team leaders. The AFT is working to implement a differentiated staffing program in three New Jersey school districts. (RT)
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Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared for the Bureau of Educational Personnel Development