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October 03, 2007 1 min read

According to a recent AP story, Utah is considering dividing the school year into trimesters to alleviate the teacher shortage. Teachers would have to work year-round, but stand to gain as much as a 60 percent hike in salary. Students, however, would choose or follow different academic calendars, depending upon their age. State Sen. Howard Stephenson called the model a “no brainer;" however, others see problems, including scheduling student testing and uneven classroom numbers.

What’s your take on the trimester model? Would a significant pay raise and possibly smaller classes be enough to entice you to teach the full year? What suggestions do you have for upending the growing teacher shortage?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.