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  •  Merit based pay (3+ / 0-)
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    Philpm, drmah, lostinamerica

    is code for 1) not giving raises and 2) only giving raises to the brown-nosers.

    It increases the power of management for no good reason.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 10:51:22 AM PST

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    •  Ancient history re" teacher's saleries in Indiana (2+ / 0-)
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      hoplite9, happy camper

      when schools operated under old trustee system. Each teacher had to negiouate his/her own salary with the one man serving as leader of a single school system.  That was the situation for most Indiana schools when I began teaching in the 1960s,  It may come as no surprise to you that Inconsistency was the name of the game.  The sister-in-law of the Trustee was the highest paid teacher even though she had less experience and no speciality licencing. The janitor/uncle earned more money that the majority of the teachers and experience was considered a negative for getting a pay raise.  Favorites of the trustees also got the advantage of cherry-picking their class list, leaving the "outsider" teacher with classes requiring more help to achieve.

      Another inconsistency in the school system where I taught was that the male -head of the household teache  was offered a small insurance compensation, but women did not get any insurance benefits, regardless of their situation. My plight was my husband was a full-time student at the university and had no insurance, and, even though I was the soul wage-earner, I could not qualify for the school insurance plan.  Our first child was born under this system, which explains why we could only be hospitalied in the large, charity ward room, regardless of the complications of the birth.

      I really hade to see teachers go back to such a capricious pay scale, but its a given this will be the situation ---a test score only planwhich is now called  Merit Pay.

      Remedial education teachers and those willing to take on the challenge of teaching slower learners or special needs children will suffer the deepest salary cuts.  This, again from ancient history, is the way I began as a developmental learning specialist for Kindergarten childen who came from impiverished homes.  Later I added certification to teach gifted and talented children.  I worked much harder to bring beginning learners up to speed to start school than was required to teach high ability children. The fallacy of the proposed Merit Pay does not provide any  incentive to teach the nost needy children.  Public education as now concvived by the Repblicans is a Lose/lose situation.  

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