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Re: “2007 endorsements

I am a Colorado Springs teacher as well, and just wanted to cite my concerns about both performance pay and Strand's idea about more frequent testing. Paying teachers based on their students' performance sounds like a good idea but consider this: No teacher will want to work at the lower performing schools because they will make less money than at the higher socioeconomic schools. I have taught at Wasson and now teach at Palmer, so even though performance based pay would most likely be to my advantage, I am very against it. I know how much harder teachers have to work at the more challenging schools where many students are more worried about how they will get their next meal or provide for their family or avoid their next drug or alcohol-induced beating than academics. I think performance based pay will entice the best teachers to the best schools, leaving the schools in the most need of good teachers with the leftovers, the ones unable to get jobs at the higher paying places. The incentive should be the other way around. Teachers should be paid extra to work at the more dangerous and challenging schools where continuous ditching, drugs and violence are a daily reality. As far as Strand's idea that we need more testing, he could not be further wrong. As it is, students are tested for a few weeks in CSAPs, MAPS tests, Terra Novas, SAT's, ACT's not to mention finals and classroom tests. We barely have time to teach all of our material with all the testing! After reading the bio's, I will be voting for Strand, Bobbitt, Busby and Tanner despite the fact that I usually agree one hundred percent with the Independent's recommendations. I hope you think it through and vote with me. Thanks for listening.

Posted by teacher2 on 10/21/2007 at 8:54 PM

Re: “D-11 decision

I am a Colorado Springs teacher as well, and just wanted to cite my concerns about both performance pay and Strand's idea about more frequent testing. Paying teachers based on their students' performance sounds like a good idea but consider this: No teacher will want to work at the lower performing schools because they will make less money than at the higher socioeconomic schools. I have taught at Wasson and now teach at Palmer, so even though performance based pay would most likely be to my advantage, I am very against it. I know how much harder teachers have to work at the more challenging schools where many students are more worried about how they will get their next meal or provide for their family or avoid their next drug or alcohol-induced beating than academics. I think performance based pay will entice the best teachers to the best schools, leaving the schools in the most need of good teachers with the leftovers, the ones unable to get jobs at the higher paying places. The incentive should be the other way around. Teachers should be paid extra to work at the more dangerous and challenging schools where continuos ditching, drugs and violence are a daily reality. As far as Strand's idea that we need more testing, he could not be further wrong. As it is, students are tested for a few weeks in CSAPs, MAPS tests, Terra Novas, SAT's, ACT's not to mention Finals and classroom tests. We barely have time to teach all of our material with all the testing! After reading the bio's, I will be voting for Strand, Bobbitt, Busby and Tanner despite the fact that I usually agree one hundred percent with the Independent's recommendations. I hope you think it through and vote with me. Thanks for listening.

Posted by teacher2 on 10/21/2007 at 8:51 PM

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