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Unfortunately, the teacher's union is unwilling to discuss anything other than tenure and educational status for teacher pay. If not student test scores, performance reviews, parental satisfaction, etc., then what is an objective evaluation? It seems the union is worried that some teacher's won't measure up to some objective test, so they describe everything as subjective other than tenure and educational status. That's why many in the public are frustrated with the union's entrenched position. That's why many conversations are being had about some alternatives. We all get evaluated in our jobs, and it's based around performance and outcomes, achievements and contributions. Sure length of time on a job may have some influence in the equation, and educational level certainly has a place as well. But to restrict pay to those two standards only (tenure/education level) is silly and makes the union look more and more out of touch with public. Teaching is a challenging profession and takes certain types of personality, training, and passion to do a really good job. But every job has it's challenges and standards. And teachers do get lots of perks and benefits and the average pay is higher than the state-wide average of other jobs in Oregon. For the training required and type of work is the pay comparable to similar professional jobs? Depends on what you compare it to. So let's be objective and get the discussion beyond tenure and training -- it is for most everyone else.
posted 5 years ago
posted 5 years ago
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