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The Unthinkable: Paying Math Teachers More

Should Hard-to-Find Science and Math Teachers Be Paid More?

Next month, the Douglas County, Colorado school district will launch a new teacher pay plan that is still unthinkable to pretty much every other school district in the country.  It will institutionalize paying math and science teachers more than gym teachers.

In fact, the folks in Douglas County, a suburb of Denver, have defined five different pay bands for different types of teachers, based on how much competition there is for their skill sets in the job market.  Brian Cesare, the district's chief human resources officer says the idea isn't strange at all if you've worked in the private sector.  "The idea came about because I've spent 20 years in the private sector in GE and Microsoft," said Cesare.   "When I got into education I said, 'why are we paying everybody the same?'  We have 70 different types of teachers, how can we imagine they are all the same?"

Read the full story on Choice Media TV at:  The Unthinkable:  Paying Math Teachers More

November 22, 2013 | By smtailer | Category: Careers, Human Resources

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”