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Retaining Teacher Talent

The View From Generation Y

Finding 1 (continued)

Finally, as more evidence that the egalitarianism among teachers has a strong hold, all teachers seem to be more supportive of schoolwide performance-based bonuses, in which everyone gains, rather than individual bonuses, with more than half of teachers saying that they either strongly or somewhat favor such an approach (see Figure 6).

Figure 6 graph

 

As earlier reformers have realized, sometimes painfully, policymakers and others face a dilemma when they attempt to implement policy that does not have support among those it most directly affects. Thus, listening carefully to teachers' voices on compensation reform is recommended. Based on this first finding from this study, policymakers who intend to successfully implement a differentiated compensation model might consider the following policy recommendations.

"If you want teachers to teach, and really it takes a few years to
become an effective teacher—it took me five to really be a good
teacher—you want to reward that staying power, that consistency."

—High School Teacher, California


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