La Follette alum Sarah Archibald has an editorial in today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about the need for a new pay system for teachers. The introduction is below. Archibald then goes into what changes could be made in Wisconsin in order to improve teacher quality.
“People seem to generally believe that Wisconsin’s schools are doing just fine. But there are times when fact interferes with perception and – bad news here – this is one of those times. When compared to 17 other large urban districts including Chicago and New York City, Milwaukee’s students are in the back of the pack. In particular, black students fare worse in Milwaukee than in any other city besides Detroit.
And the problem isn’t limited to Milwaukee. We have no common means of measuring teacher effectiveness in this state. We continue to pour dollars into the old salary schedule for teachers regardless of performance in the classroom and prohibit the use of student test scores as grounds for dismissing ineffective teachers.”
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