With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rethinking teacher pay

Latest from EPI

A new book from the Economic Policy Institute examines the longstanding formula that determines teacher pay and makes a case for a new system. In Redesigning Teacher Pay: A System for the Next Generation of Educators, Susan Moore Johnson and John Papay of the Harvard Graduate School of Education propose aligning teacher pay with broader educational goals such as improving educational outcomes and attracting and retaining high-quality teachers. The authors argue that the existing system of pay-for-performance has been largely unsuccessful in meeting those goals and that a new system is needed.

On Oct. 1, EPI hosted a panel discussion on teacher pay. Rob Weil of the American Federation of Teachers made the case for a method of compensation that was transparent and acceptable to the teachers.

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