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ERIC Number: ED100886
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Competitive Teaching Wages.
Sharpes, Donald K.
If schools are to retain competent career teachers, then they will have to create new salary differentials and new categories for recognizing widely differing teacher abilities. The present standardization of teacher classification, certification, and salary schedules does not acknowledge individual teacher differences. Teachers do not fear unemployment. They feel that, as professionals, they are not being paid competitive wages. A solution is a differentiated salary schedule. Professionals work hard because they want to achieve and also because they enjoy doing what they do. Therefore, the teacher who enjoys teaching the most will also have the opportunity for making the most money. If teachers are different in skills and in training, if there is recognition that they are better teachers, and if there is mobility among the higher-paid teachers--assuming a differentiated staff--then there will be an equilibrium or a standard pattern of wage differential determined by the general supply and demand. In other words, those districts or local education agencies that run differentiated staffing programs will have identified the better teachers and adjusted their salary schedules accordingly. But once those better teachers are recognized by the rest of the educational community, their general pattern of wages will be determined by supply and demand. Since school systems do not slash teachers' salaries but freeze them, the ultimate weapon of the teacher in conjunction with the union is the strike. (JA)
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