Sunday, July 06, 2008

Rhee wants to trade tenure for cash

More drastic changes are being prompted by the Chancellor's office. This time the idea being floated is for teachers to trade tenure and seniorty for cash.
Under the proposal, the school system would establish two pay tiers, red and green, said the union members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. Teachers in the red tier would receive traditional raises and would maintain tenure. Those who voluntarily go into the green tier would receive thousands of dollars in bonuses and raises, funded with foundation grants, for relinquishing tenure.

Teachers in the green tier would be reviewed yearly and would be allowed to continue in their jobs only if they passed an evaluation and boosted students' test scores, the union members said.

Under Rhee's proposal, raises to the green tier would be more than the 19 percent increase over five years she is proposing for all teachers, the union members said.
Interesting idea, but I wonder if it'll float with the WTU.

1 comment:

Teacher Chic said...

Is this for real? I, humble and yet highly-rated teacher that I am, would jump at the chance to participate in the new no-tenure system. I must add, though, that for it to be inticing to other teachers, the potential pay differential would have to be considerable. Hello?! We are talking job security here. No one is going to give that up for the chance at a $500 bonus at the end of the year.