Soooo… I found a few things that I actually agree with President Obama on. I know everyone is just shocked at that statement. Not surprisingly they are all education related. One of them is making the school year or day longer. I will address that one in a later post.

Today I want to focus on that President Obama wants to try and institute merit pay for teachers. I can fully get behind a plan that rewards teachers for being good teachers and identifies the bad teachers. This is something I talk about with my students when we discuss the bureaucracy in the federal government. One of the major features of a bureacracy is hiring, firing, and promotions based on a person’s merit in their position. This is a set standard of objectives or criteria to determine who is best. We discuss as a class how would be judge teachers on a merit based pay system. Listed below is my system for merit pay for teachers. Enjoy and comment.

Evaluations
5-15% pay increase next year
  • Administrators – based on four unannounced observations a year, at least once a quarter.
  • Departments – dept. heads have to observe each teacher in the department at least once a quarter.
  • Colleagues – each teacher in the building is assigned to observe another teacher in the school four times a year, at least once a quarter. Department heads are exempted from these because of their department observation.
  • Students – Students are asked to evaluate their teacher’s anonymously each quarter, semester or when they transfer out of the class. Evaluations use a standardized questionnaire. Results given to administrators, teachers and parents.
  • Parents – Parents are asked to evaluate their teacher’s anonymously each quarter, semester or when they transfer out of the class. Evaluations use a standardized questionnaire. Results given to administrators, teachers and parents.
Professional Development
5-10% pay increase the next year
  • Based on degree, advancement in that degree and other forms of professional development taken in a set period of time outside of school
  • Classes must be within your appropriate field for credit
  • Reviewed on an annual basis during end of the year evaluations.

Experience
3-5% pay increase the next year

  • Number of years teaching and subject matter
  • Provides minimum amount of upgrade in pay (i.e. cost of living)
  • Given if no other increase is earned for the next year

School Involvement
Paid during/after the completion of extra curricular activities

  • Paid on an hourly rate or by a lump stipend
  • Includes any after-school clubs, associations, school or district committees, etc

Teacher Salary Cap
Controls public spending of teacher salaries

  • Teacher salary is capped at $???,???/year
  • Annual Bonus system for teachers who continue to get good evaluations and continue their education

Teacher promotions to administration

  • Minimum amount of time in district before apply to become an administrator
  • Teacher’s / Administrators must provide evaluations from that minimum period when applying
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