I'm awfully curious how this program in Washington Heights is going to work out. My buddy, Suze, has been telling me about it. She should have applied for it. (Stern look at you, Suze.) And thanks to Laura B. for sending me the article.
The idea behind the school is that highly quality teachers make a difference. If you find the best and pay them high salaries, then the kids will learn more. So, this school will pay their teachers $125,000 per year.
would make most teachers drop their chalk and swoon; $125,000 is nearly
twice as much as the average New York City public school teacher earns,
and about two and a half times as much as the national average for teacher salaries. They also will be eligible for bonuses, based on schoolwide performance, of up to $25,000 in the second year.
…To make ends meet, teachers will hold responsibilities usually
shouldered by other staff members, like assistant principals (there
will be none). There will be no deans, substitute teachers (except for
extended leaves) or teacher coaches. Teachers will work longer hours
and more days, and have 30 pupils, about 6 more than the typical New
York City fifth-grade class.
Predictions, people. Will this program succeed?