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Jerry P. Becker

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Performance pay contracts squeaking by
Posted: Sep 26, 2000 10:57 AM
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From The Education Intelligence Agency COMMUNIQUE, September 25, 2000. See
http://members.aol.com/educintel/eia
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Merit Pay Proposals Squeaking by, but Barely.

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."
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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
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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: jbecker@siu.edu





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