Through The Static

March 7, 2008

At Charter School, Higher Teacher Pay

Filed under: Education,K-12 Education — disciplepete @ 9:00 am

NYT:

Would six-figure salaries attract better teachers?

A New York City charter school set to open in 2009 in Washington Heights will test one of the most fundamental questions in education: Whether significantly higher pay for teachers is the key to improving schools.

The school, which will run from fifth to eighth grades, is promising to pay teachers $125,000, plus a potential bonus based on schoolwide performance. That is nearly twice as much as the average New York City public school teacher earns, roughly two and a half times the national average teacher salary and higher than the base salary of all but the most senior teachers in the most generous districts nationwide.

I wonder if raising the pay for teachers into the six figure range would attract better teachers, or simply attract more people who are just in it for money and not because of any desire to teach? Don’t get me wrong though, teachers deserve to be well paid.

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