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ERIC Number: EJ782769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Heralded Rise and Neglected Fall of the Massachusetts Signing Bonus
Fowler, R. Clarke
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n5 p380-385 Jan 2008
In early 1999, when it was formally launched, the Massachusetts Signing Bonus Program (MSBP) for New Teachers attracted nationwide attention. The Bonus Program's efforts were greeted with acclaim and its favorable attention continued into the second year. When problems began to appear in 2001, however, only local eyes were watching. No national outlets published the stories about high attrition rates, ineffective recruitment, and inadequate training that appeared in the local press. Nor did the national media notice when the state legislature eliminated the Bonus Program's funding altogether in spring 2003. In this article, the author discusses the background and performance of the Massachusetts Signing Bonus Program, its design and founding assumptions, and the rise and fall of the program. The author also offers lessons for policy makers who may be considering whether to adopt any of the three elements that brought the MSBP to national attention: (1) signing bonuses; (2) high-profile recruitment; and (3) fast-track preparation. (Contains 32 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts