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June 17, 2008

Teacher salaries: Performance-based, incentive system for educators


Lawmakers and education leaders agree on at least one thing: It's time to rethink the way Utah pays teachers.

The question is, will they agree on how to do it?

Utah leaders are working to join a nationwide trend toward paying teachers based on performance in the classroom. The idea is to both ease the teacher shortage and improve instruction. It would be a huge change from the current system in which teachers are paid based on years of experience and educational backgrounds.

It's a change that could affect instructional quality in Utah - for good or bad, depending on how it's done.

"By providing incentives we can get teachers to focus like a laser on student achievement," said Rep. Brad Last, R-St. George, who serves in both of the groups working on a new pay system.
On the other hand, he said, "if we try to ram something down their throats they don't want, it will backfire."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 17, 2008 12:33 PM
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