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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 11:15 pm | Updated: 9:37 am, Mon Sep 23, 2013.

However well-intentioned Gov. Susana Martinez is in her efforts to pay teachers a $5,000 stipend to work at low-performing schools in New Mexico, a lot of educators are insulted at the offer and its timing.

The governor recently announced that the state will give $5,000 bonus stipends to up to 100 teachers who agree to transfer from schools graded A or B to schools labeled D or F. Eligible teachers must agree to commit to two years in their new schools. The deadline for applying is Monday, Sept. 30.

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6 comments:

  • Tommy Trujillo posted at 8:03 am on Wed, Sep 25, 2013.

    Tommy Posts: 23

    Being a former teacher, some positive logic I gather from this stipend system is that moving teachers to different schools hleps curb complacency. Teachers often do get caught in a 'Groundhog Day' cycle. This also allows for westside teachers to share information with eastside teachers. Back around 2000, we used to have after-school courses in which teachers taught other teachers how best to incorporate technology in thir classrooms. Maybe these 'A School' teachers have had some succees or strategy to better incorporate parental involvement.
    This may seem like a rudimentary solution to a more complicated problem, but at least a few local teachers can get a $5,000 stipend.
    A Schools, F Schools, A teachers? F teachers? A parents? F parents? - Labels do suck, but what's the alternative?
    We must efficiently assimilate or do a complete overhaul.

     
  • Todd Hansen posted at 8:32 am on Tue, Sep 24, 2013.

    tmusichans Posts: 7

    This is an insult to the teaching profession. To think that a teacher is the "salvation" of a D or F school. The thinking of PED and our Governor is that everything is black and white. That a teacher from an A school has it all together and can "save" a D or F school. That is baloney. Teachers are all for accountability. Bring it on!! We do have ineffective teachers. I work with some. It is the job of the administration to put them on plans of improvement or to let them go. It is not the job of the state to do this. Let's develop a system of accountability that is fair and just. TOGETHER!! Not by executive order or bullying tactics. I love my D school. I love my students. I will keep on working still the day I can retire with my head held high. Come see my hard-working school. We work hard everyday yet no one seem to notice.

     
  • Annette Vigil posted at 5:54 am on Tue, Sep 24, 2013.

    Annette Vigil Posts: 5

    Dear "Pinto Bean",

    You've obviously not read the requirements for posting. The format requires your real name. So, unless you are willing to play by the rules, your posts will continually be removed.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 11:05 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Guess we all know who doesn't have a clue about teachers and classroom experience. That's probably why the governor went out and hired someone without any teaching or classroom experience to run the entire department.

    BTW: $5k is a very small "tip" for what teachers do; an insult is a more appropriate word. As PLozar and Ms. Vigil indicate in their comments, teachers are often the only support many children receive in their challenge to learn.

    Teachers should receive hazardous duty pay.

     
  • David Martinez posted at 10:59 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    David Martinez Posts: 65

    My feeling about this is that the schools should not depend on education to continue at home. To that end, a good use of resources would be to provide breakfast to all students, we all know that learning doesn't happen with an empty stomach.

    Since we can't depend on education to continue at home, the amount of homework should be curtailed, or better yet, use resources to provide after school programs, where what would have been homework can be finished, at school. Again, some sort of snack should be provided, students are getting hungry by this time.

    If the governor is willing to provide these stipends, why not pay teachers who wish to work after school?

     
  • Annette Vigil posted at 5:50 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Annette Vigil Posts: 5

    You hit the nail on the head! You put the best teachers on the planet in those failing school and they will still be failing schools. The reason is that almost none of these kids have parents who give a damn about their role in forming their child's interest in learning. Many of these parents dropped out and their attentions are now either on the many menial jobs they have to have in order to support their families. This is a cultural crisis in some areas. How do you fix that?!

     
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