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  •  Those school districts are dumb (3+ / 0-)

    There's nothing more to it. They get to decide the pay scale, and therefore do not have to pay teachers with advanced degrees any more money. They could at least give the teacher with the masters degree the choice--choose to accept the same salary as the less educated teacher or don't get a job.

    •  uh. (0+ / 0-)

      no.

      higher pay for additional education is one of the cornerstones of salary negotiations between teachers' unions and school districts. the union contracts would not allow the concession you've just proposed -- and for a very good reason.

      so, it's an unintended consequence of wanting to encourage well-educated, upskilled teachers: by creating a reward metric for such skills, one inevitably creates a situation where districts looking to save money are motivated to do so by going with cheaper, rather than better. really, the only way around it is to build into the contract some sort of mandated metric for the district to balance its teaching staff.

      the same applies for teachers with experience. once you're in a district, you're looking good, but changing districts becomes very problematic for experienced teachers, because they are expensive. what's more, the new district will end up holding the bag for the teacher's eventual retirement healthcare benefits -- one more reason for Single Payer National SOCIALIZED Healthcare, by the way.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 03:08:33 PM PDT

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