Ed532 - What Merits Pay? Essay

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What Merits Pay? Corey B. Poitier What Merits Pay? The issue of Merit Pay is a controversial one. The State of Florida has been trying to initiate a Merit Pay System since 2006. What merits Merit Pay? In the private sector pay levels are tied to performance, but that is based on a singular individual’s statics and output. To apply this type of pay structure to public school teachers is impossible. Teachers work on an individual basis, alongside with 32 students who must apply themselves to achieve. How would you rate a Teachers success with these students? “Out of 800 teachers in our district, 100 applied for merit pay. Only 12 teachers were chosen. The district simply did not have the funds to reward the remaining 88 teachers who probably deserved merit pay.” (Spencer, 2012) Most public school systems have an agreed tier pay system fashioned by the Teacher’s Union and the School Board. This system gives Teachers a less than Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and this is considered great by the Union stewards and Union management. The only major increase in salary for Teachers is to go in debt for a Masters, Specialist, or Doctorate degrees. The myth of tenure in the public school system is that a myth. Teachers survive on a yearly or three year contract with a particular school. The Merit pay system would be a terrible burden on a public school system. ”The inherent problem comes in when you try to determine what teachers get raises. Do you measure a teacher that has mostly intelligent students on the same level as a teacher that has mostly special education students? If you do then merit pay simply wouldn't work. “(Gazette, 2009) Basing the teachers’ pay on performance will create a void of experience and excellent school teachers for failing school students. The void will be open for inexperience teachers to work with these students. The losers in this case

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