Posts tagged: merit pay
Teachers in the Coeur d'Alene School District found out Tuesday just how much, or how little, they will be receiving as bonuses under the state's pay-for-performance plan, and many of them aren't happy about it. A group of teachers at Lake City High School say they're particularly upset because they're receiving bonuses and they know teachers at one district school, Borah Elementary, won't be receiving any extra cash this year. “It actually makes me physically ill,” said Lake City teacher Amy Bellamy. “Everybody is carrying this huge burden around. It's just so wrong.” The teachers are considering ways they can pool some of their own bonus money to ensure the Borah teachers know they're appreciated by their peers/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Izzit just me, or is Proposition 2 (merit pay) already a failure, if the initial reaction by teachers is one of anger?
Sen. John Goedde, opening debate on SB 1110, the teacher performance pay bill, said it will reward teachers with bonuses for outstanding work, and let districts pay more to those in hard-to-fill positions. “Senators, we have an educator pay scale that's built in the 19th century,” Goedde said. “It doesn't work, it doesn't recognize excellence.” Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said, “I'm having a hard time understanding how we're actually funding this. Where does the money actually come from?” Goedde said the cost would be $38 million starting in fiscal year 2013, and “there is no funding source attached to this”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: If you applied the merit pay principle to North Idaho solons, which ones would deserve raises or bonuses?
On Monday, Jonny Saunders, a student at Timberline High School in Boise, unleashed a powerful speech against education reform plans proposed by Superintendent Tom Luna, an address that has become a local YouTube hit, garnering more than 18,000 views in less than 48 hours on the social media site. In the speech, Saunders labeled Luna as a crook, beholden to corporate interests, and said that the reform plans would lead to a poor education system in the Gem State. During one portion of his speech, Saunders vehemently argued against merit pay, saying that the plan would ultimately lead to educators to only teach to tests. What makes his merit pay presentation particularly interesting is that it came at a pro-education rally to protest Luna’s plan but one controversial element of the plan, merit pay, is supported by the largest teachers’ organization in the state/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Photo courtesy Idaho Reporter)
Question: Does Jonny Saunders disagreement with the teachers union on merit pay take away from his passionate speech against Superintendent Tom Luna's education “reform” proposals?