ERIC Number: ED482348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Paying Teachers for Their Worth: Policies on Teacher Compensation at the School District and Regional Levels.
Murray, James E.; Brown, Kathleen Sullivan
This study reviewed the historical development of the teacher-compensation paradigm, discussed the current trends in alternative compensation policy strategies, and examined the teacher-compensation policies and practices in one state. The study was a mixed-methods policy analysis that used multiple linear regression, cluster analysis, and interpretative interviews to examine how 24 local school districts in a major metropolitan area of a Midwestern state develop and implement teacher-compensation policies. A significant relationship was found between the percentage of district revenue received from the state and the ratio of actual classroom teachers to students and the districts beginning teacher salary and maximum teacher salary. Interview data examined the role of the local human-resource officer in implementing policy and developing strategic practices. Local policy and practice, as shown through the human-resource officer, illustrates regional similarity and significant local variation as the districts seek to recruit, reward, and retain highly qualified teachers in an atmosphere of increasing accountability and decreasing revenue. (Author)
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Contract Salaries, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Merit Pay, Occupational Information, School District Spending, Teacher Employment, Teacher Employment Benefits, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Welfare
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Columbus, OH, October 15-18, 2003).