More states slashing pay bumps for teachers with master's degrees

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  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Oct. 9, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    OK, so when businesses invest in ongoing education for their employees, that is considered good business practice. When it comes to teachers' ongoing education, it is a waste of money? REALLY! Another blatant over-reach of a conclusion which is biased against the profession of teaching. So very sad.

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    What should have been pointed out in the article is this trend of eliminating premium pay for teachers is taking place in states with slow or stagnate growth, where new public schools aren't likely to be built to the degree that a state like Utah is confronted with. In high growth states like Utah (or Arizona or Colorado for that matter), it would be EXTREMELY BAD POLICY to eliminate this since there is a greater need for a large pool of administrator credential candidates in the future. Utah districts who have this policy in place should continue it.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    We treat teaching like it was this mystical thing, unmeasurable and out of reach. How are we, the common folk, supposed to know if a teacher is doing their job and worthy of advancement? We can't, we are told. Even the administrators, who work with them every day, somehow are unable to decide if a teacher is performing the job for which they were hired, or if they are doing it better or worse than other teachers. Every teacher says "I am a good teacher" and receives an automatic pay increase.

    This, of course, is nonsense. There is nothing special or unique about teaching, and usually everyone knows who the good teachers and the bad teachers are. The ONLY thing keeping us locked in the system we have now are antiquated union collective bargaining rules, which do not fit the modern workplace. If we truly desire better outcomes, it is time for real reform. But don't bet that the teachers unions are going to allow that any time soon.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Oct. 9, 2013 3:20 a.m.

    I wish there was more information in this article. I would like to know if along with doing away with automatic pay increases for getting a grad degree, did they also do away with requirements for continuing education? Most states require that teachers do continuing education to keep their certification or teaching license. Of course, this costs lots of money. And time. So if that requirement is still there, an automatic pay increase should remain if just to compensate a little. The pay increases for grad degrees do not even approach 10% of the costs of grad school. I just read an article that teaching degrees is one of the top 5 worst return on investment degrees that you can get.

    As far as a grad degree creating better teachers, I would agree with what was inferred. It depends on the individual and is no guarantee that it will create a better teacher. Great teachers are great teachers no matter what degree they hold.