New School Hopes Six-Figure Teacher Salaries Pave Way to SuccessPosted: August 6, 2009
People everywhere envy teachers for the comfortable schedule, reliable benefits, and job security, but teachers are not known for their lucrative compensation packages. A new charter school in New York City is looking to change that by offering six-figure salaries to recruit the best teachers.
The school, scheduled to open next fall for 120 fifth-graders, will offer its eight teachers yearly salaries of $125,000 with the potential for additional performance-based bonuses, more than twice the salary for New York City public school teachers and nearly two-and-a-half times the national average for teacher salaries.
According to an article in Friday’s New York Times, the new school is looking to prove that teachers, not small-class sizes or high technology, are the backbone of an effective learning environment.
Known as The Equity Project Charter School, the school aims to be the practical implementation of research that highlights the role of skilled teachers in student success. According to the school’s Web site, “TEP is uniquely focused on attracting and retaining master teachers. To do so, TEP uses a three-pronged strategy that it terms the 3 R’s: Rigorous Qualifications, Redefined Expectations, & Revolutionary Compensation.”
The new school has recruited an impressive array of teachers, including two Ivy League graduates and Joe Carbone, the gym teacher whose previous work includes time as Kobe Bryant’s personal trainer.
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Below is my response.
Sorry I did not see this earlier. It came in as a link on my new blog https://bzeines.wordpress.com/.
I agree with the idea of paying teachers more, but I have to question the recruiting process. It smells of elitism. Kobe Bryant’s trainer? Would that make him more sensitive to the needs of children. 30 kids to a class? Isn’t that one of the root problems in the system?
Teachers should be paid more, and the process of recruiting good teachers should be streamlined. A few years ago, I attended a seminar for the teaching fellows. The moderators were heads of the Education Department at St. Johns University. I found their recruiting criteria trite and their presentation portrayed an innate inability to relate to people on an ordinary level. NYC was primarily looking for Math and Science teachers. I am a life long artist, a veteran graphic designer and have tremendous knowledge in areas like folklore, comparative religion and marketing. I love being around children and take pride in helping to build confidence in them. But NYC has no place for me. They have no place for an experienced businessman and artist because the view of how to educate is extremely narrow. That is why a group of parents and teachers gathered together 6 years ago to form the Brooklyn Free School. A school where children are the focus, and their interests lead the school. Our current crop of teachers all deserve to make six figure incomes.
So I agree with this program in spirit, but the truth behind it still remains ignorant of reality.