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Saturday, November 29, 2008

 
Ask A Stupid Question

Last week's EIA Quote Of The Week begins thus:

Quotes of the Week. "Why not pay teachers more for taking on additional responsibilities? Why not pay teachers more for working in hard-to-staff schools or in subjects with shortages of qualified teachers? Why not pay teachers more for working with their fellow teachers for schoolwide excellence?" – AFT President Randi Weingarten at the National Press Club on November 17.

EIA editor Mike Antonucci has an answer for that:

"The Association opposes providing additional compensation to attract and/or retain education employees in hard-to-recruit positions."

"The Association further believes that performance pay schedules, such as merit pay or any other system of compensation based on an evaluation of an education employee's performance, are inappropriate."

"The National Education Association is opposed to the use of merit pay or performance pay compensation systems."

"Any additional compensation beyond a single salary schedule must not be based on education employee evaluation, student performance, or attendance."

Quotes from NEA Resolutions F-9 and F-10.

That's why not.

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