DC Teacher's Union Agrees to Merit Pay
Hard-won deal could become model for country, but it's pricey
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2010 10:39 AM CDT
Teachers in Washington may be able to make a lot of money if their students succeed.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Washington DC’s school district has struck a breakthrough deal with its teacher’s union that includes a merit-based pay system and eliminates what DC’s school chancellor called “ridiculous hurdles” to firing ineffective teachers. Teacher’s unions have long opposed linking pay to classroom performance, but they agreed to this one, because it boosts a DC teacher’s maximum salary from $87,000 to a whopping $147,000.

School districts around the country would like to imitate the DC deal, but the price tag might scare them off. “They just negotiated the richest deal in the history of K-12 education for teachers,” the head of one nonprofit that favors performance-based pay tells the Wall Street Journal. DC’s deal was financed in part with $64.5 million in donations from four private foundations, something other districts may find hard to come by—and that funding will run out in a few years.

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Apr 8, 2010 8:02 PM CDT
So the goal is to be friends with those that determine if you've made the mark...this is a joke in times when money is not available and most states are cutting back. It if a teacher has a classroom full of Severe Sp Ed students what unit of measure wil you use especially if the class is cognitively challeneged? If these teachers can't earn merit pay too then the system is discriminating against them. Make friends with the people doing the merit pay evaluation guys!
Apr 8, 2010 5:44 PM CDT
Border states will get screwed over in a system like this.
Apr 8, 2010 4:58 PM CDT
We need to dissolve teachers unions, they are disgusting. You are only worth the output quality of your students. Don’t like it, be a better teacher.