The Brooklyn Bridge for Sale
the partnership with JPEF and corporate donors to take a huge bonus and move to
a struggling school in the hope of a turnaround. The goal is to entice the
district’s high performers to agree to work in the lowest performing school.
Miracles will happen is the thought.
slick salesman to own the Brooklyn Bridge.
At the targeted schools, current teachers who stay will
receive a salary supplement of $20,000 the first year. I have no problem with
that. They have a hard job, have put in many uncompensated hours at night,
early morning, and on the weekend.
Transferring teachers will receive a salary supplement
of $17,000. I have no problem with the fact that they will receive less than
the incumbent teachers. The incumbents have worked hard for years, and as our
veterans in our most challenging schools, they deserve tangible recognition.
However, this superintendent-described supplement as
life-changing is for the FIRST year only. Teachers will not continue to earn
the supplement unless their statistical measure, their VAM, meets or exceeds
district-partner set levels.
The supplement will fall to 50% or 0% the following
years based upon the numbers.
the teacher, yet only commits to one year on the money.
program. Offer enough bucks, and anyone will jump.
teachers. There are too many variables for any formula to capture. You might as
well try to mathematically define the ideal of beauty shared by all human
This is a “lifestyle-changer?” No, I would not
upgrade into a new house or buy a new car if multi-year payments are involved.
There is no guarantee beyond the first year. If the measure of teacher success
made sense, like 1.5 or 2 times the defined 1-year learning gains, I might go
for it. But the program, as described in the information sent to teachers this
week, makes me decide to take a pass.