Friday, August 05, 2005

Sue the Interns

Well, it was going to happen eventually.
Now a group is suing the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for creating a certificate that makes Interns classified as "highly qualified", as stated necessary by No Child Left Behind. The organization that is creating the law suit says that the teachers are not qualified enough, and that it is cheating California's kids to an education.
Of course, if you paid teachers enough, you might actually attract enough "qualified" people to get into the profession and not have this problem. The lawsuit is stupid, but maybe it will take the fact that you won't find very many teachers to wake the public to the epidemic of underpaid teachers. You can find the article in the Sacramento Bee.

By the way, I've decided that I will support merit pay, on one condition. Let the teachers decide the base pay and the pay scale. While bad teachers should get less, or should be fired, great teachers should be making $100,000 a year, easy. Remember, we are professionals that hold an advanced degree (a clear credential), we have a mammoth responsibility to kids and society (something most professionals do not have), and we work much more than simply "in the classroom".

So come on merit pay fans. Let the teachers decide their true value. You will get honest answers. But the question is whether or not society is willing to pay for the best.
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