12:56 pm June 12, 2009, by Laura Diamond
A new charter school opening this September in New York City will pay each teacher $125,000 a year.
The Equity Project is banking on the argument that quality teachers are the key ingredient to improving student achievement. If you want the best, you have to pay them big bucks.
How do you determine if a teacher is great?
School officials conducted a nationwide search. Often teachers are hired based on their resumes and what previous employers have to say. The Equity Project visited classrooms to see teacher applicants in action.
The school is focusing its budget on paying these quality teachers.
Class sizes will be bigger – about 30 in each class. School leaders don’t plan to spend a lot of money on the latest technology or education fads. The school won’t have assistant principals, substitute teachers or academic coaches.
Teachers must do all duties and they’re expected to work longer hours and more days than traditional public school teachers.
Is teacher quality the key to a school’s success? Would you be willing to give up smaller classes, more staff and updated technology for high-quality teachers?
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