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ERIC Number: EJ763270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
The Uniform Salary Schedule: A Progressive Leader Proposes Differential Pay
Jupp, Brad
Education Next, v5 n1 p10-12 Win 2005
For at least two and a half decades, political leaders and opinion makers have been telling teachers and union leaders that it is high time to move away from the single salary schedule. For a long time, it was easy for teachers and union leaders to dismiss those calls for change. Recently, with more voices joining the choir calling for change, it has become difficult to write off the differentiated pay advocates. The 1996 report of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, "What Matters Most," was a wake-up call. Here was a report that placed the highest value on the teacher, even as it recommended "develop[ing] a career continuum and compensation systems that reward knowledge and skill." Since then, other important pro-teacher groups, like the Progressive Policy Institute, Public Agenda, and the Teaching Commission, have taken even stronger positions. In Denver, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, which represents approximately 4,500 teachers, and independent researchers commissioned jointly by the union and the Denver Public Schools, developed an extensive body of perceptual data that showed teachers as open-minded to changes in the ways they are paid. In this article, the author describes the Professional Compensation System for Teachers (ProComp), a comprehensive approach to merit pay. ProComp was developed in Denver to take its teachers further down the road toward a new form of thinking about compensation. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado