Deal wants Teacher Pay Merit-based

| December 7, 2015



ATLANTA — Governor Nathan Deal has made education reform a top priority throughout his time as Governor. He scored a major victory in the 2015 legislative sessions by shepherding “Opportunity School Districts” legislation, and now he’s set to make a push for merit-based pay for teachers.

As if teacher’s unions weren’t already steamed enough.

State policy discussions on reforming teacher pay based on performance have long been one of those “wouldn’t it be great, if…” issues. That’s probably because he fight to actually accomplish such a task is often met with resistance from education groups, and that’s putting it lightly.

Governor Deal acknowledged that getting teachers groups on board with the idea will be a heavy-lift. From the AJC:

“We’re not going to go to a fully merit-based pay system, but I do think there is a portion of the teachers’ pay should go to how good a teacher they are,” Deal said after a policy conference on Friday. “Now, getting the education community to support that is sometimes difficult.”

But perhaps it’s worth considering. The Washington Post reported in March that merit-based pay could shift teaching habits away from a “teaching for the test” mentality, and provide a better classroom experience overall for students and teachers.

The policy is a key measure suggested by the governor’s Education Reform Commission, which also floated higher pay for pre-k educators, increasing funding to charter schools, and better mentoring programs for new teachers.

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  1. Jim says:

    Union’s are only upset because this pay system could effect their member’s ability to pay dues. I personally like this type of system because of the benefit of weeding out those individuals that do not belong in a classroom. Besides, most jobs I take in the private sector are measured by some sort of metric or goal. Doesn’t human nature transfer over into the education field? You get paid based on what you produce.

    • Jim says:

      @Jim, have you had any hands on experience in the educational field outside of being a student? Can you conceive of what it might be like to be a teacher of children at all levels of socio-economic status, and how that plays out in their lives? Take a minute to walk in their shoes.

      Just what are they to “produce?” Successful test results of Common Core requirements?

  2. Concerned says:

    Blaming a teacher for poor results in the classroom can often be like blaming a farmer for poor crops due to the lack of rain.

    • Jim says:

      The parenting aspect is understood. Although, any serious farmer doesn’t sit around twiddling his thumbs waiting for rain. They consider the seed and create irrigation systems as an alternative. Crappy parents isn’t the end all justification to poorly produced students.

      • Daniel says:

        Let’s treat the private sector the same as teachers. We will tell you exactly where to put your business (even if you don’t like the location). We will also not let you choose your business (teachers have no say in the students they receive). You will not be allowed to refuse service to anyone (they can’t pay-you serve them anyway). In fact, your pay will not be determined by how many hours you work or how happy your customers are. Your pay will be determined by a test given during one week in April. This test will determine how well your product held up, not how you selling it.

      • Jim says:

        Thankfully, farmers have the freedom to do what think necessary. Teachers don’t have that freedom, but are subject to strict laws at state and local levels. Most teachers would love to have the freedom to act as you propose, but are constrained by law and local policy. We need to set them free.

      • Concerned says:

        I understand that Jim, but with the massive cuts Deal has stamped with his approval, teachers’ hands have been bound. Along with the TKES governing system and new testing, the creative aspect that teachers used to have is all but gone. Also, there is no fair and equitable way to truly track student achievement and growth over the course of so many years. People blame teachers for many problems with children, when in reality they are just easy scape goats. Have a good day folks.

      • Bob says:

        Bad teachers should be removed… I had a horrible math teacher in High School that ruined that subject for me for years and should have been fired. Let’s not get the idea that all teachers are great (I understand that many are)

        • Walter Diahatsu says:

          Don’t stop with the teachers. Kick the trouble makers out as well. Education isn’t just a right, it’s a privilege and if you don’t respect it then you can lose it.