Baltimore revamps teachers’ pay

Baltimore teachers will gain higher salaries and input on working conditions in exchange for abandoning the old pay system, reports the Baltimore Sun. Effective teachers could earn up to $100,000.

The new contract, being hailed as the most progressive in the nation, would in part link teachers’ pay to their students’ performance. The structure does away with the old model of “step” increases, or paying teachers based solely on their years of experience and the degrees they have obtained.

By the third year, all schools will let teachers “help set working conditions not outlined in the general contract, such as a longer work day or more planning time.”

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