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ERIC Number: EJ922051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-161X
Lowering the Bar or Moving the Target: A Wage Decomposition of Michigan's Charter and Traditional Public School Teachers
Harris, Debbi C.
Educational Administration Quarterly, v42 n3 p424-460 Aug 2006
Background: The quality of a school's teaching force has a significant effect on student learning. One potential lever for increasing teacher quality is through selecting and rewarding teachers with desired characteristics. Purpose: To analyze differences and similarities in the salary determinants of Michigan's charter and traditional public schools. Participants: The representative sample included 723 full-time traditional public school teachers and 468 full-time charter school teachers in Michigan during the 1999-2000 school year. Research Design: This is a multivariate analysis of quantitative data. A secondary analysis of survey data was performed, allowing for greater generalizability across the population of interest. Data Collection and Analysis: The 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey was the data source. This NCES survey provides comprehensive data on school and staff characteristics that are representative at the state level. Findings: The average Michigan charter school teacher earns more than $15,000 less than the average Michigan traditional public school teacher. Two thirds of this salary difference is because charter school teachers often have lower endowments of valued characteristics, such as experience and certification. Conclusions: Charter school administrators appear to be selecting and rewarding teachers in innovative ways that could have a positive impact on teacher quality. They are hampered in these efforts by the depressed salaries offered in many charter schools. (Contains 4 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)