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.