Friday, March 07, 2008

Will Higher Teacher Salaries Lead To Quality? 

The education world is going to closely follow a new charter school opening in New York that is planning on paying its teachers $125,000 a year in hopes that they can attract the type of people who can boost student achievement. As reported by Elissa Gootman of the New York Times the idea has people taking notice:

"This is an approach that has not been tried in this way in American education, and it opens up a slew of fascinating opportunities," said Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. That $125,000 figure could have a catalytic effect."
One of the most interesting parts of the story is that the principal of the school, called the Equity Project, is going to be paid $90,000 a year.

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