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A TN Teacher Talks Merit Pay

A teacher in Nashville who went through two rounds of merit pay experiments shares her thoughts and explains why she’s not a fan of the practice. From her column: What I witnessed on the ground level, during the implementation of these various plans, at various schools, amongst various staff, is that they did nothing to […]

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Some Inconvenient Facts about VAM

Stuart Yeh at the University of Minnesota does some analysis of the existing literature on value-added modeling and its use in high stakes decisions around teachers. What he finds is that VAM is unreliable and not valid for use in high stakes decisions like hiring/firing and assigning pay. Here are some highlights: “Results indicate that […]

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Does ProComp Work?

Recently, I examined teacher compensation in six urban school systems. Among the six I analyzed was Denver — a system that uses a strategic compensation approach known as ProComp and has done so since 2005. In fact, voters in Denver passed a $25 million tax increase just to fund the ProComp experiment. According to A+ […]

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Teacher Pay in Urban Districts

I recently wrote about teacher pay in 6 mid-size urban districts. Here’s what the numbers showed:                                       Start                    10                          20                      TOP MNPS                     $42,082                $44,536                 $54,800              $55,757 Louisville              $41,756                $53,759                 $69,514                $70,636 Charlotte               $37,946               $46,008                $53,954                $58,525 Austin                     $46,401               $48,837                $55,477                 $70,751 Atlanta                   $44,312               $54,167                 $62,075                 $66,467 Denver                   $38,765              $47,136                 $53,838* *Denver has a teacher compensation system known as ProComp and the highest step is 13. Teachers […]

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Tennessee Teacher Compensation

From TN Ed Report: In preparation for next year’s TNReady exams, it seems the Department of Education is already using some new math. While the General Assembly appropriated a $100 million increase in teacher compensation, an amount equivalent to a 4% raise, the Department is recommending that the State Board of Education adjust the state’s […]

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Money for TN Teachers?

During his February 9th State of the State address, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced a proposal to increase the amount of money provided to local school systems for teacher salaries by four percent. That doesn’t, however, equate to a four percent raise for every Tennessee teacher. Haslam is proposing to increase the pool of money […]

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A Pay Raise for TN Teachers?

The Governor is not sure yet. Tennessee Education Report has the story:   Basically, both Haslam and incoming Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen say they are committed to improving teacher pay, but make no commitment about a specific raise this year. Haslam does think he should be given credit for giving teachers raises early in […]

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Kentucky May See Teacher Pension Reform

The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly may result in reforms to teacher pensions, including adjustments to future benefit payments and cost-of-living increases. Kentucky legislators will consider a number of plans designed to reform the state’s pension plan for teachers, the Courier-Journal reports. The Kentucky General Assembly has been tinkering with the pension plan […]

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Notes on Teacher Pay

This post is a summary of the writing I’ve done over time on teacher pay and on the importance of investing in and supporting teachers. Most recently, I wrote about Tennessee’s history of low investment in teachers. In this piece, I contend that while Tennessee policymakers often talk about teacher support, they also fail to deliver […]

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Low Pay, Unpleasant Working Conditions Create AZ Teacher Shortage

Arizona is struggling to find qualified teachers to fill a record number of vacancies. That’s the story today from the Arizona Republic. The paper reports that a number of districts have unfilled vacancies and are finding it challenging to hire qualified candidates for open teaching positions. The article points to a relatively low average starting […]

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