Education Week created a “round” table discussion on how teacher’s pay should be given out. Six contributors including several teachers have weighted in with their ideas on how teacher’s pay should be tackled.
Arguments around changes to teacher compensation have been heating up all across the country. In Tennessee, for example, education officials just put a new plan in place that eliminates annual step raises given solely for experience and advanced degrees, asking districts to also consider factors such as test scores and whether a teacher works in a high-needs school. The state’s teachers’ union has come out firmly against it, saying it could lower teaching requirements and overall teacher pay.
Meanwhile, places like The Equity Project Charter School have experimented with innovative approaches to compensation, including starting teachers’ salaries at $125,000.
How do you think teachers should be compensated? Should “effectiveness,” leadership, degrees, and/or years served be part of the equation? If so, how? To what extent is differentiation in teacher pay feasible? How could teacher compensation change to better support student learning?