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Hey! Let’s pay teachers according to performance!

Hey! Let’s pay teachers according to performance!

On this one issue, the last two Charlotte-Mecklenburg school superintendents have made sense — which is why this has been so unpopular. Despite flak from school board members and teachers who want guaranteed compensation regardless of performance, former Superintendent Peter Gorman and inter

Here’s what interim superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh wants to do:

The state salary schedule for teachers does not encourage teacher growth and improvement. It doesn’t differentiate between top performers and mediocre ones. It doesn’t differentiate between teachers in hard-to-fill content areas and others.  As one example: We need the very best teachers in STEM areas, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But the state’s salary structure doesn’t recognize how competitive these jobs are, making it unlikely that we’ll be able to lure potentially great teachers from other fields where STEM knowledge is valued, such as finance and medicine.

 

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