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ERIC Number: EJ906458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-10
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Districts Refashion Teacher Base Pay
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v30 n11 p1, 16 Nov 2010
A handful of districts, some with the approval of their local teachers' unions, are experimenting with alternatives to the fundamental components that govern teachers' base-pay raises. Ranging from a long-standing plan in Eagle County, Colorado, to a contract ratified earlier this year by teachers in the Pittsburgh district, the systems tie raises more closely to classroom evaluations, rather than granting automatic increases for each year of service or the completion of an advanced degree. The moves have generated some strife as well. Eagle County officials overhauled their plan recently, and teachers in the 82,000-student Baltimore school system last month rejected a tentative contract that would have codified the changes to their pay system. This month, the city's teaching corps will weigh whether to accept a revised version. While it is probably too soon to determine whether such experimentation is indicative of a trend, other districts, such as Hillsborough County, Florida, have devised plans to move in a similar direction. And both publicly and privately financed grants, such as those from the Teacher Incentive Fund, the Race to the Top initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching are prodding district action. Some scholars of teacher compensation welcome the experimentation as a chance to try out various alternatives for structuring pay in ways that better suit district needs. The goals of the new compensation plans are twofold: (1) to better align those dollars with goals for student achievement; and (2) to provide help for teachers to achieve the goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Florida; Maryland