Testing the Wages

Teaching is truly a grueling career.  On top of dealing with 15 and in some cases 30 kids, teachers also have to deal with the parents.  There are the three hour lesson plans that need to be finished, papers that should be graded, and school supplies that are needed all in one week.  On top of that, the Washington Post states that the average teacher’s salary is a little over $56,000.

For Georgia teachers that salary is predicted to decrease or increase starting as soon as next year.  In 2016 or 2018 teachers base pay will be based strictly on student’s test scores.  Georgia governor, Nathan Deal and his education reform team strive to provide teachers with a chance at a higher annual salary.  According to Ty Tagami of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Deal wants to free up money so teachers can be paid more if they perform better or if they are teaching subjects — science, math — in which there is high demand for their talents.”  While this new proposal initially sounds like a grand idea, it has the potential to do more harm than good.  If students fail to meet the standardized ‘high scores,’ then teachers fail to get paid.

According to an anonymous inner city Georgia teacher, “teachers can only do so much.”  She says it’s also the parent’s responsibility to educate their children and take time to cater to their children’s learning abilities.  Deal’s proposal can be unfair for those teaching in urban areas because the funding and overall support is not there.   The Georgia teacher states that before Deal’s proposal goes into effect, “the board must realize the school’s conditions.”

According to Tagami, “This new proposal is only in the incubation stage and far from being enacted into policy. It would have to win approval of the General Assembly, and before that it would have to emerge as a formal recommendation from Deal’s Education Reform Commission.”


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