That being said, there are other things that go into the determination of teacher effectiveness and qualify. That, I think, becomes the next level.The same day, NJEA President Joyce Powell told the Star-Ledger Editorial Board,
Merit pay, pay for performance, alternate pay -- these are all the buzz words we're hearing. After polling our members, I don't see merit pay as an attraction for them.Snaps to Davy for her candor: the “highly qualified” measurement is simply a checklist of paperwork cordoned off from actual classroom performance. (There’s a lively conversation going on now about whether formal certification matters anyway; here's an example.) The next step is, indeed, those “other things”: evaluating teacher performance through student academic growth (i.e., merit pay). It’s the opposite of Joyce Powell’s/NJEA’s wont, and an atypical divide between a Democratic administration (at the state and federal levels) and the teachers’ union.
Local districts can bargain for that, but it should be voluntary participation, have a sustainable funding source, and not be based on one measure. Merit pay has to be based on what you as an individual do, not the student.
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