Choice increases pay and broadens options available to teachers.
Public schools answer to real Choice is Charter Schools. Here's
an article about positive effects on teacher salaries. For more,
Charter Schools Get
Best Teachers Get a Lot More Pay
DALLAS, March 1 /PRNewswire -- Despite a nationwide teacher
shortage in traditional public schools, one Arizona charter
school recently received applications from 200 qualified
candidates for fewer than 10 teaching jobs. Arizona has little
difficulty staffing its 271 charter schools, the most in the
nation, even though teachers have no tenure and risk dismissal
if they fail to contribute to student achievement as judged by
Salaries for newly
hired teachers in charter schools can vary by $21,000.
The reason? According to a new report being distributed by a
joint project between the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
and the Children's Educational Opportunity of America Foundation
(CEO America), teachers are willing to trade less job security
for more teaching flexibility, less paperwork -- and higher pay.
"Teachers want the power and flexibility needed to teach to
the special needs of their students," said Mary Gifford, a
co-author who is Vice President of the Arizona State Board for
Charter Schools. "Charter school teachers get paid more,
but they also produce more," she said.
- Newly hired charter school teachers in Arizona earn an
average of 6% more than newly hired teachers in traditional
- Salaries for newly hired teachers in charter schools can
vary by 21,000, -- from highest to lowest -- depending on
such criteria as subject matter expertise, experience and
education.-- By contrast, salaries for newly hired teachers
in traditional public schools vary over a range of only
about $8,000 and depend entirely on number of years on the
job and the number of college credits beyond a bachelor's
Charter schools are public schools that operate with more
autonomy and less regulation than traditional public schools.
Teachers don't have to hold teaching certificates, and only
about 60% of charter school teachers in Arizona do. Charter
school teachers are reviewed every year and their jobs are not
guaranteed from year to year unless they perform well, as
measured by student learning advancement.
- In 16% of the charter schools, a teacher gets a bonus only
if students achieve at a certain level or gain a certain
percent in test scores.
- In 58% of the schools, contract renewals are subject to
the same kind of performance-incentives.
- In about 10% of the schools, contract renewals are based
on student attendance and parent satisfaction.
Another great Teacher Pay article resides at Education
Week. It explains how the mechanism of competition works
to teacher's benefit.
The National Center for Policy Analysis is a public policy research
institute founded in 1983 and internationally known for its studies on
public policy issues. The NCPA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with
an office in Washington, D.C. The NCPA's web site is http://www.ncpa.org.
The Children's Educational Opportunity of America is a national
school choice organization with over 40 privately funded voucher
programs assisting 50,000 low-income children. CEO America is located in
Bentonville, Arkansas with an office in Washington, D.C. CEO America's
web site is http://www.ceoamerica.org.
Center for Policy Analysis
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