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ERIC Number: ED522724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
The Vanishing Breed? The 2006-2007 Montana Rural Teacher Salary and Benefit Survey
Morton, Claudette
Montana Small Schools Alliance
Fourteen years ago, as the Director of the Montana Rural Education Center at the University of Montana-Western, the author undertook the first comprehensive study of rural teachers' salaries and benefits in the state. This study is the fourth in fourteen years. Not only does it provide a clear picture of the salaries and working conditions of the smallest school districts in Montana, it includes good longitudinal data on these issues from 1992 until now. In the fall of 2006 surveys were sent to each county superintendent of schools who supervised one or more of these rural districts. The number of multigrade independent elementary school districts under the supervision of the county superintendents now stands at 114. This number represents great diversity among these districts. In general, the data are clear in that the more teachers are treated like professionals the higher the pay, the better the benefits, except housing, and the less janitorial duties are required as part of their workload. Finally, although there are fewer of the independent elementary districts that are left, more of the trustees are in fact recognizing that the professional educators they hire to assume all the responsibility for education in their schools are professionals. Although not discussed in this research, other data on student achievement and later success in high school and higher education shows that these schools provide a sound education for their students. In conclusion, while some of these districts have vanished, most of those left are not just continuing, but thriving. Appended are: (1) Sample Rural Teacher Salary and Benefits Survey, 2006-2007; (2) Montana Schools That Participated in the Survey by County; and (3) One-Room Schools in Montana, 2006-2007. (Contains 1 table and 6 charts.)
Montana Small Schools Alliance. University of Montana - Western, 710 South Atlantic Street Box 63, Dillon, MT 59725. Tel: 406-683-2685; Fax: 406-683-2682; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Oro y Plata Foundation
Authoring Institution: Montana Small Schools Alliance
Identifiers - Location: Montana