Analyses Find Staffing Changes Could Double Teacher Pay
Alternative staffing models could boost some teachers’ pay by as much as 134 percent without increasing existing school budgets, according to a new series of briefs by Public Impact , an education policy and management-consulting firm in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The organization has looked at 20 alternative models through its Opportunity Culture Initiative, which is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Gates provides unrelated funding for Education Week , and Carnegie has also been a funder.) The newly issued briefs offer financial analyses of three of those—"the multi-classroom leadership model," "the elementary subject-specialization model," and the "time-technology swap model." Each of these models ultimately aims to put the best teachers in front of more students, or increase these educators' "reach," as a means of improving student learning with an eye to fiscal constraints.
In an interview, Bryan Hassel, co-director of Public Impact, described the financial analyses as a "modeling exercise" to examine "what could schools do … if they step back and think about what they do with staff time." The organization's goal was to reconsider staffing "in a way that’s financially sustainable—so it’s not a special program—and figure out ways to pay teachers more out of...
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