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Colorado schools test novel pay scale

A wealthy school district in Colorado is launching a radical experiement that sets a different pay scale for each category of educator, ensuring that even the best third-grade teacher would never earn as much as a veteran high-school math teacher.  

The new system, which takes effect next month for all 3,300 educators in suburban Douglas County, Colorado, has sparked fury and resentment among some teachers and some parents.  But it has also drawn interest from superintendents around the nation.  

"It's quite novel," said Eric Hanushek, an education economist at Stanford University.

Read the rest of the Chicago Tribune article by Stephanie Simon here:  Valuing physics over P.E., Colorado schools test novel pay scale  


November 22, 2013 | By smtailer | Category: Careers

District News

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