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Re: [teacherartexchange] Merit pay for teachers?

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 18 2007 - 10:55:34 PDT


This is an interesting concept, considering that with NCLB ALL teachers are
supposedly responsible for ALL learning. Thus, I am expected to incorporate
math & reading (the current tested standards) into my curriculum. So do we
teachers, as a district, receive the merit pay for student growth? How can
the state justify expecting all teachers to teach reading and math, but then
reward only those teachers who's direct repsonsiblity is teaching reading or
math. And, where does this money come from? I feel the same way about
vouchers - do we not only allow parents to use public tax dollars to send
their child to private school, but then we must also include homeschoolers.
I suppose the overall "concept" is good, but in reality, the state really
can't finance education properly now, so how do they support these new big
ideas.

I am really frustrated with how schools are funded as it is. My district, a
rural district of appx. 300 students, has made "Standard of Excellence" for
the past 4 years. There is all kinds of new funding available now, but it is
going to the large schools or the schools that are doing poorly. So if you
can do well with little money, you obviously don't need more money. A
district down the road from us is building a new soccer field with their new
money. We, on the other hand, get $10,000 added to our payscale (annual
raise=appx. $200 per teacher, not enough to cover the rising gas costs). So
in answer to your question, I would be surprised if art teachers are
included, but hope I'm proven wrong!
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

>I read in the NY Times this a.m. about Minnesota's push for merit pay. As
>I
> read the article, teachers whose students show growth (or, who go to
> "hardship" schools) receive more money. Are there teachers on this
> listserv
> who have had experience with this? I see it coming to my state, and would
> like to know if art teachers are excluded.
>

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