Districts debate merits of master’s for teachers

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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:00 pm

DALLAS — Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable.

More than half of the nation’s teachers have master’s degrees or higher, but the changing salary structure is giving pause to others considering the same path. Texas’ two largest school districts, in Houston and Dallas, recently eliminated advanced degree pay going forward, following the example of North Carolina, where lawmakers last year started phasing it out. A few other states have made tweaks to reduce how much advanced degrees factor into pay.

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  • Ronald Ortiz posted at 7:54 pm on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    RonnieO Posts: 49

    I'm all for educators acquiring more resources, except in the cases where some of these teachers belittle and condescend the students and their parents, I myself am not a formally educated person, at best mine is what most would call on the job training. I've learned that the majority of educated I've meet are at best cordial, unfortunately there are some that are just down right obnoxious. When a teacher can not inspire a student with the knowledge of a masters they should stay away from our children that their cynicism does not kill our children's dreams and aspirations.

  • Michelle Skigen posted at 6:15 pm on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    mskigen Posts: 7


  • Michelle Skigen posted at 6:14 pm on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    mskigen Posts: 7

    Are you friggin' kidding me. What kind of country is this where people don't want their educators to be educated?

  • Douglas Reilly posted at 1:05 pm on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    filosofo Posts: 11

    We praise our educational system as the best. It is better than many, but it is far from the best and this article shows another step toward making it worse. It doesn't surprise me that the idea is coming from Texas and North Carolina. I can't even think when I found anything good coming out of Texas since Willy Nelson and Buddy Holly. Some day we may even realize that good teachers have usually studied their subject in addition to obtaining an 'Education" degree.
    Totally aside. but good for a laugh: I remember a Los Alamos teacher who told me off attending a required session to listen to a person who wrote his name on the blackboard as "name, Ph.D." (it was in education, a very important field). He turned around to see a few hands up and called on a teacher who said, "Dr. Name, we all sleep with one every night."

  • sfitzer139 posted at 8:24 am on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    sfitzer139 Posts: 7

    The fatal flaw...using student test scores to evaluate good teaching


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