The Memphis public schools are about to merge with the Shelby County schools into a single district.
The guiding document was written by a 21-member Transition Planning Commission.
The director of the TPC happens to work for the reform group Stand for Children, now best known among educators for its efforts to crush the Chicago Teachers Union.
Several articles about Memphis have appeared on this blog. The TPC proposed, for example, that the proportion of students in charter schools increase from 4 percent to 19 percent by 2016, even though it is by now clear that charter schools don’t get better results than public schools.
The TPC decided that teachers should have merit pay, despite the fact that merit pay has never been successful in producing anything but demoralization.
The TPC decided that teachers’ education and experience will not count.
This high school teacher says they are wrong.
He writes, “the TPC recommends teachers no longer be paid more for their advanced degrees. They claim master’s degrees and doctorates are irrelevant in the classroom. This is a terrible insult. To assert that education is the cornerstone of success for everyone in our community except teachers disrespects the professionals who teach and care for our children each day. It belittles the years of study and the large sums of money teachers invest in their careers, and it will ultimately run the best and brightest teachers out of our classrooms and into jobs that offer higher compensation and less degradation.”
Why does one teacher know more than a commission of 21 people?