Besides the tiny pay increases, nothing is being done to address working
conditions-the huge classes, nonstop testing, scripted curriculum, low
administrative support, behavior problems that teachers are not empowered to
deal with, etc.
Districts should encourage veteran teachers to stick around. Their expertise
stabilizes a school. But the new pay raises are heavily slanted towards new
teachers. So, the new ones quit in a couple of years, the vets aren't paid
enough to keep working, and what do you have? Still a huge shortage.
@Z "Don't just complain; be an advocate. Attend board meetings and
really get to know your district. And if you see a real problem, work to correct
it. Blanket whining never fixed anything."You're assuming
people on this board have not been involved. Again, I challenge you to go to
Provo City School District website and tell me what some of those people do.
The layers of management are ridiculous and would never exist in the business
world...and many of those positions have been created within the last few years
under the current superintendent.
For 100K they can have me. I would love to teach but I need to be able to
support a family on a single income. Currently that is mostly impossible on Utah
Increasing pay for teachers is a nice start. But, how about weeding out the bad
teachers/principals that have NO business being in a classroom/school? My wife
is a teacher in the Granite District, loves her kids and routinely helps them
improve (not just get by) from the beginning to the end of the year. But,
without fail, the District keeps her principal - who maintains no discipline
with the students (my guess is that she is afraid of the parents), puts down
teachers who don't do things her way, and has no problem hiring/retaining
teachers she "gets along with" but would get fired from a C-store
cashier's job. Throwing money at the problem only creates other problems.
But, if the salaries go up, so should the expectations of the educators.Remember, though, that education begins AT HOME. Teachers should be
allowed to give kids who deserve them "F"s and parents should be held
accountable, financially if necessary, for not providing their kids what they
need at home - time and help more than anything else - so their kids come to
school ready to succeed. Parents' and students' attitudes should be
checked at the door and teachers should be given the respect they deserve.
I see a lot of comments here that question the role of school administrators.
But how many of you have actually been to a school board meeting, or have done
any real research to find out who these people are, what their function is, and
why they are paid what they are paid?It is simple to say that
someone is paid too much, but unless you know what their job is, what the
comparable salary is in the surrounding community, and how that job benefits the
district, then all you are doing is setting up a straw man.The
district exists for a reason: to free up teachers to teach, not organize. It is
disingenuous to suggest that you can take a large school district and remove all
of the support personnel that run that district. Yes, there may be some
positions that are not truly necessary, but that is unlikely given the state of
school funding. Don't just complain; be an advocate. Attend
board meetings and really get to know your district. And if you see a real
problem, work to correct it. Blanket whining never fixed anything.
Wow! Some great comments given on this article.IMO, education can
be simplified, and be more cost effective:* the role of a District
Supt could be a part time job. It's that way with some school
districts.* the role of principal can be shared by a committee of
teachers.* reducing the amount of standardized testing would save funding,
and increase instructional time.* charge parents a fifty dollar tuition
per school year. This would increase ownership, and desire to help with their
child's education. * an assistant shared between three teachers
would lessen a teachers work load.
Where does the money go?? Provo City School District has two mainstream high
schools (plus one small alternate school), two middle schools, and 13 elementary
schools. According to the district website, they have 101 employees in the
district office. I challenge anyone to tell me what some of these people do.
The job titles are ridiculous. Most of them make more than the average teacher
and about a dozen make over $100k a year.Oh, and new teachers in
Provo City School District are nowhere close to $40,000 a year.
Rules enacted by the state legislature discourage retired teachers from
returning to the classroom. Currently, if you retire, you have to sit out two
years before taking another teaching job, or you are penalized. If they were
serious about keeping experienced and talented educators, they would change the
rules to allow retirees to return to the classroom without penalty. However,
they would rather hire new graduates with no experience and no institutional
knowledge because they are so much cheaper.
Look at the starting salaries and "growth" in the pay scale for Alpine
School District. Near poverty levels. That's all you need to know
Too much money spent outside of the classroom.
I've said it before, for all the efforts they're taking to find and
retain teachers they've yet to reach out to me. 20 years after graduating
from BYU with an Elementary Ed degree and Utah license and yet no one has
bothered me with a phone call. And while I'd love to teach I'm not
sure I'll take a $100k paycut to change careers... This is a problem 30+
years in the making and it's going to be tough to catch up, especially if
they're not reaching out to a list of anyone who has held a license in the
state in the past 40 years...why not at least make those calls???
Here's a novel idea to retain teacher- respect teachers and their time.
Forty hour work weeks would do wonders to retain teachers. These 60-80 hours
work weeks, especially for new teachers, is one of the reasons teachers leave
the field so soon.Also administration should demand students and
parents (and themselves) respect teachers. Parents harassing teachers or
students verbally abusing teachers should be called out on. Bullying is bullying
and should not be tolerated in schools. We don't tolerate teachers name
calling students, why do we say it's somehow okay the other way around.A little respect would do wonders, and it doesn't cost a thing.
Fact: Businesses do well when their employees feel respected, justly
compensated, and enjoy their work. Fact: School
administrators and districts go out of their way to do just the opposite.I could go on to give many examples, from experience, of this, but many
outside of teaching already know the truth of it.Okay, I'll give just
one: Why is the Alpine School District Supt., the highest paid employee of the
District, given money for his wardrobe? What does this say to the teacher who
probably works more hours than he does and is paid less than half his salary?In conclusion, districts want to do anything but give teachers the respect
they deserve. So sad.