Merit pay proposal concerns Pocono teachers -

Mar 27, 2011 Full story: Pocono Record 8

Local and state educators, critical of Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal for a merit pay system for teachers, wonder how a teacher's effectiveness would be measured.

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Since: Sep 09

Stroudsburg PA

#1 Mar 27, 2011
If left up to government, don't worry cause everyone wins.
fisheye

Tobyhanna, PA

#2 Mar 27, 2011
The problem with merit biased pay is there is no demerit pay. When teachers do not measure up; should we not have the means to reduce their pay or just fire them? There are many great teachers - but; there are also poor teachers. We cannot afford to keep bad teachers or pay them at the same rate as the great teachers.

One of the bad aspects of cutting teacher jobs is that there is no distinction between good and bad teachers. There is always the chance that great teachers could be laid off and teachers, that don’t care, keep their jobs.
Bubblesman

Pine Brook, NJ

#3 Mar 28, 2011
fisheye wrote:
The problem with merit biased pay is there is no demerit pay. When teachers do not measure up; should we not have the means to reduce their pay or just fire them? There are many great teachers - but; there are also poor teachers. We cannot afford to keep bad teachers or pay them at the same rate as the great teachers.
One of the bad aspects of cutting teacher jobs is that there is no distinction between good and bad teachers. There is always the chance that great teachers could be laid off and teachers, that don’t care, keep their jobs.
Camera's in the class rooms, nothing to hide , just like any job in America, everyone is on camera.
fisheye

Tobyhanna, PA

#4 Mar 28, 2011
Bubblesman,

Talking about “everyone is on camera”: http://fleetowner.com/news/fleet_cf_employees...
We (the Teamsters) lost that case. It was ruled that CF did have the right to maintain cameras in our restrooms.

Getting back to cameras on the teachers; we still need the mechanism to rid ourselves of the bad ones.
oneeye

East Stroudsburg, PA

#5 Mar 28, 2011
And tenure, for the bad teachers, allows the bad teacher to remain in the classroom being paid while there is probably someone else in the teaching field without a job who would be so much better and caring.
Something has to be worked out. The current system stinks!

Since: Sep 09

Effort

#6 Mar 28, 2011
oneeye wrote:
And tenure, for the bad teachers, allows the bad teacher to remain in the classroom being paid while there is probably someone else in the teaching field without a job who would be so much better and caring.
Something has to be worked out. The current system stinks!
I'd like to see a similar system for politicians other than 4 or 6 year re-elections. I also think we are going to see some record breaking election driven road repairs this summer, seems to have already started based on the warning signs I'm seeing on rt33 and other roads.
oneeye

East Stroudsburg, PA

#7 Mar 28, 2011
fistv wrote:
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I'd like to see a similar system for politicians other than 4 or 6 year re-elections. I also think we are going to see some record breaking election driven road repairs this summer, seems to have already started based on the warning signs I'm seeing on rt33 and other roads.
I agree fistv, term limits are in order!!! Have been for many years but ignored.

Since: Sep 09

Effort

#8 Mar 28, 2011
oneeye wrote:
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I agree fistv, term limits are in order!!! Have been for many years but ignored.
No, not term limits, yearly evaluations on elected officials to hold their feet to the fire based on their campaign promises. Fail on more than 30% of your campaign promises and you are OUT.

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