Sunday, September 28, 2008

Where the Single Salary Schedule Came From

The New Yorker recently ran an article on pay disrimination that Alex Russo of This Week in Education linked to the teacher salary schedule that controls what teachers make based on years of experience and qualifications while ignoring student achievement, evaluations, and the like. I've also heard before that the salary schedule was a response to the Spoils System that was once so pervasive.

Maybe it's time has come, maybe it hasn't; that's for folks above my pay grade to say. What needs to be understood, though, is that the salary schedule didn't arise out of a vacuum--it had a reason for being.

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