published Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Nashville: Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to abolish teacher pay schedules raises educators’ concerns

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to free local schools from a state-mandated teacher pay schedule that currently rewards seniority and training is drawing fire from the state’s largest teachers’ group.

Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford called Haslam’s proposal, unveiled Tuesday, a “blatant attack on Tennessee’s public schools.”

“In a time when we all need to be working together to improve student learning, these proposals are counterproductive to our effort to keep students as our top priority,” she said in a statement.

The proposal “unfairly ties teacher pay to an evaluation system that has not been proven valid or reliable, and to a data system that does not have a defined process for correcting inaccuracies,” Summerford said.

When unveiling his package of bills for this year’s annual legislative session, Haslam said Tuesday he wants state lawmakers to “eliminate outdated requirements of state and local salary schedules based strictly on seniority and training and give districts flexibility to set parameters themselves based on what they want to reward.”

Current pay schedules are based on years of service and degrees.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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