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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

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