EIA applauded the performance pay contract in Denver and did so again when one was negotiated in Cincinnati. But the same problem plagues both efforts -- a serious lack of enthusiasm among the rank-and-file. It has taken Denver more than a year to find a single middle school to sign on to the program. The even more progressive Cincinnati program, concocted after 18 months of negotiation between the district and the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, garnered only 54 percent of the rank-and-file vote for ratification -- a slim margin indeed.
Much more hopeful of success are performance contracts in small districts, such as the one just negotiated in Pleasantdale School District 107 in Illinois. The 700-student, 90-employee district now has a new five-year contract with a traditional salary schedule with programmed increases plus merit bonuses to be doled out by the school board, after recommendations from teachers and administrators. "We agreed to try it,"
Illinois Education Association UniServ Director Maureen Betourney told the Chicago Tribune. "This staff is a close knit group... if it appears it is becoming divisive, I'm sure it won't continue."
School board President Gary Bozick was very excited about the agreement. "If this would happen more in the educational system, it would combat a lot of the criticism," he said. "And as a small district, our chance of succeeding is pretty good." ----------------- Note: EIA -- Education Intelligence Agency. The EIA conducts public education research, analysis and investigations. Director: Mike Antonucci. Ph: 916-422-4373. Fax: 916-392-1482. E-Mail: EducIntel@aol.com ***************************************** -- Jerry P. Becker Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O] (618) 457-8903 [H] Fax: (618) 453-4244 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org