North Carolina is again discussing the idea of using higher pay to attract good teachers. Since Math and Science teachers are such a hot item the legislature is considering increasing pay for these teachers in three school districts by $15,000 per year.
Three years ago in 2001 the state's experiment of offering an extra $1,800 a year to math, science and special education teachers at high-poverty schools or those where student performance lagged ended in disappointment. The N.C. Association of Educators says "differential pay kills teacher morale". Representative Ray Rapp, a Mars Hill Democrat who will help assemble the state education budget, doesn't think it is right to build a pay scale based on teacher specialty, when a school's English teacher may be working just as hard as the math teacher. "It has the potential to create a situation that is terribly demoralizing and destabilizing."
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News and Observers
March 19, 2007
Lynn Bonner, Ataff Writer
More pay weighed for some teachers
Lawmakers are talking about raises for math and science instructors, or those at high-poverty schools
Math and science teachers are such hot commodities these days, legislators are considering offering them extra pay to fill North Carolina's classrooms.
The state has a spotty history with offering extra money to teachers-in-demand, but influential supporters want to try again.
Senate leader Marc Basnight has been talking about extra pay for science and math teachers for months. He made a big pitch for the idea in a speech to his colleagues launching the legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger likes the idea, too, though he would make special education teachers eligible for higher salaries along with science and math teachers.
"To attract people into these fields, we need to offer more pay," said Berger, a Republican from Eden. Read more...