[AZ Republic] Iowa seeks new teacher-pay plan
- Subject: [AZ Republic] Iowa seeks new teacher-pay plan
- From: Gabie Gedlaman <ggedlaman@BIGFOOT.COM>
- Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 21:36:10 -0700
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Iowa seeks new teacher-pay plan
March 07, 2001
DES MOINES, Iowa - A $40million plan to link teacher pay and student
performance would be voluntary at first and would take years to put fully
into place, supporters said Tuesday.
"There's a long way to go before this thing gets done," said House Speaker
Brent Siegrist, R-Council Bluffs.
The measure leaves unchanged the $23,000 minimum salary for starting
teachers. Business groups had urged lawmakers to raise that to as high as
$29,000 in an effort to lure new teachers.
The bill was introduced in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, capping
months of quiet bargaining over details.
"We recognize that not all 375 school districts in the state will be ready
to participate," said Rep. Danny Carroll, R-Grinnell.
Under the measure, the state would strengthen its system of evaluating
teachers. Evaluations are done by administrators, who must be retrained to
more effectively analyze performance.
Teachers who achieve career status after a couple of years would be paid at
least $28,000, and those who achieve advanced status would make at least
"By giving teachers the tools they need early on in their career, we stand a
better chance of them staying the course and continuing to develop as
professionals," Carroll said.
Education officials say 17percent of Iowa's teachers move out of state after
the first year; 28percent are gone after four years.
The measure also includes "team variable pay," which links student
performance to teacher pay. Schools would set standards for student
improvement. In buildings where those standards are met, all teachers get a
Lawmakers say the "team" approach differs from traditional merit pay plans,
in which individual teachers get raises when students succeed. Education
groups say merit pay allows local administrators to play favorites.
Supporters said there would be rough edges as the current seniority-based
system disappeared, and lawmakers would be revisiting the issue for years.
"One of the biggest challenges in this type of bill is getting started,"
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