Teacher bonus plotted; Out of 30 schools invited, only 11 interested Written by NICHOLE DOBO The News Journal
The schools that are taking part are mostly charter schools. All but two of the eight school districts invited to take part declined. The schools will have the option of participating in the next year of the program.
OK, I can see the disparities between some charter schools and traditional public school teachers’ pay. But a selective bonuses system doesn’t address that need. If pay were a major concern for charter school teachers why didn’t they secure a teaching job in a higher paying traditional schools? O yea, I forgot its not about the the money, its about the kids.
If we are to handout monetary rewards we need to give them to schools themselves and that money be invested back in the school. Charter schools could use help in bring their school’s technology up to par with traditional schools. How about smart-boards for the classrooms?
Only math and reading teachers in grades 3 to 10, along with principals and assistant principals, are eligible for the $10,000 bonus. They must rate high on the state evaluation, which includes student performance on statewide tests and other criteria.
Teachers need recognition for outstanding performance but a rewards system that is selective and doesn’t include all educators within a school building is morally wrong. It devalues other support persons within. But we’re back to rewarding people for doing the jobs they get paid to do!
Red Clay Superintendent Merv Daugherty announced at the May 16 school board meeting that the district would not participate, according to a statement from spokeswoman Pati Nash. He said it might be “divisive” and that the work turning around a school is a “schoolwide effort,” according to the statement.
Well Merv, you may have blown your chances of ever becoming Delaware Secretary of Education. Once those St. Mary’s skeletons fall out of the closet Markell might be in the hunt again. 5 Kilroy’s gold stars wouldn’t get you a drink at a free wine tasting event. But indeed we agree 100% on that “schoolwide effort.” Markell and Skipper sells the partnership concept in education but fails to realize, partnership at the school level is the key and there is no “I” in “teamwork.”
Teachers receiving these bonuses will become sad poster-children for a wrongheaded financially unsustainable education reform movement. Taking credit for teamwork is about the lowest thing a professional can do. Its like saying you were awarded the Purple Heart when in fact you weren’t wounded.
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