Lifting Teacher Performance, a Progressive Policy Institute report, calls for performance-based teacher pay; rewarding teachers who choose to work in high-need schools and streamlining certification requirements to expand the teacher pool. But the politics of changing teacher compensation and certification are difficult, PPI says.
Denver’s pay-for-performance plan was developed with union support, though it’s far from unanimous, reports the Sacramento Bee: 59 percent of teachers voted for the plan.
Under ProComp, teachers’ base pay still will be determined, in part, by their years of experience. And they will be able to earn more for furthering their own education.
But ProComp differs in allowing teachers to earn more if:
* Their students perform well on standardized tests.
* Their students meet teacher-set annual goals.
* Their principal thinks they are doing a good job.
* They teach subjects that are hard to staff.
* They work at schools in crime-ridden neighborhoods serving lots of poor and non-English-speaking children.
For teachers currently in the classroom, part of the appeal of ProComp was their ability to opt in or out. All newly hired teachers would automatically be enrolled.
Voters will have to raise property taxes by $25 million a year to fund higher teacher pay; bonuses are expected to raise salary expenditures by 12 percent, an average of $5,250 per teacher.