Performance pay for teachers moves forward in state House
May 22, 2013 | MPRN Jake Neher May 22, 2013 A plan to tie teachers’ pay to their performance in the classroom has cleared a state House panel. Under the bill, student growth would have to be the primary reason for bumping a teacher’s salary. Christine Beardsley is the superintendent of the Eaton Intermediate School District. She says the district is already implementing a merit pay system for teachers. But Beardsley says the bill would strip control from local administrators. Teachers0522-2/:14 “Our system that we negotiated with our employees works for us, it’s designed by us, and we’re excited about it. Now I’m really depressed about it, because it’s wiped out. I can’t even do it.” Bill supporters say all schools should base teachers’ pay on their effectiveness. The legislation now goes to the floor of the state House. Performance pay for teachers moves forward in state House (cut/copy3) Jake Neher May 22, 2013 A bill that would base teachers’ pay on student performance is headed to the floor of the state House. Some opponents of the bill say it would strip local control. They say some districts are already implementing merit pay systems that fit their own needs. But the bill’s sponsor Representative Pete Lund says it’s important to hold all Michigan teachers accountable. Teachers0522-3/:09 “I’m encouraged that some schools do it, and I think that’s an example of how we can make it work. But I think more schools need to do it. Again, a teacher needs to be rewarded for being a good teacher.” The legislation would also prohibit schools from giving raises to all teachers who earn advanced degrees. Raises could still be awarded to teachers who earn advanced degrees that are directly related to their subject area.Bill
supporters say just because someone has been teaching for a long time, that
doesn’t mean they’re a great teacher. They say educators should be paid more if
their students are making progress, and less if they’re not.
Intermediate School District Superintendent Christine Beardsley says they’re
already implementing a similar system. But she says not all schools can or
should adopt the same policy.
“Why not allow
us to then maybe lead the way and have others join as they determine their
district is ready for this.”
bill would only apply to teachers hired after the law goes into effect.
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