Wednesday, January 26, 2005


as a teacher who works in a low-income school with strained resources, as a teacher who works at a school with the largest population of sped kids in town and a pretty high pop of esl kids, and as someone who works toward social justice on a daily basis, i find this fucking insulting.
i guess we teachers just aren't working hard enough and that's why our kids are struggling with taks. i guess i just need more incentives because i've obviously taken this job for the awesome health insurance, the super great pay, and the stress-free environment.

Perry: Pay Raises for 'Best and Brightest' Teachers
Governor Perry in his State of the State address at noon outlined his plans to give pay raises to only the "best and brightest" teachers and "incentives tied to student results." Excerpts from the speech:"We have many excellent teachers in Texas. I want our best and brightest teachers to be paid salary incentives as high as $7,500 a year when they rekindle the love of learning among children too often left in the shadows of success.” “Excellence should not be rewarded the same as mediocrity; otherwise, mediocrity becomes its own incentive. When money follows results, we will get more for our money.”“Achievement incentives work. With the right incentives, we can encourage more students to take our hardest course of study, the distinguished achievement program and improve student performance on the TAKS test. We should also reinstate end-of-course exams in subjects like algebra, biology, English and history, and allow schools to offer these exams on an optional basis, with incentives tied to student results."
Here's what he had to say about "bad schools":"Successful charter schools should be emulated across Texas. But those that fail our children, and worse yet, those that enrich fly-by-night operators, should be shut down without delay. I’m tired of bad charter schools obscuring the work done by the good ones.”“We have more than 660,000 students who have limited proficiency in English. Many show up for class several grades behind. We must provide meaningful progress incentives for schools that serve mostly disadvantaged student populations. The challenges these schools face are difficult but not impossible. Let’s meet this challenge with new resources, proven teachers and higher expectations.”“At the same time, bad schools that refuse to change and chronically fail our children must not be allowed to do so without consequences. And we must have zero tolerance for those that tamper with test results."


Blogger Pigs said...

You know, we had incentive pay in NC and it wasn't that bad. It wasn't bad because it was tied to growth of each individual school, not comparing schools. If Texas puts this in place sheerly based on test results, then all the money is clearly going to go to the teachers in the suburbs who have an easier job to begin with, student-wise. Did I read that correctly? I'd like to write a post on this as well. I will link to your blog, if you don't mind.

3:24 PM  
Blogger la maestra said...

gotta wonder how this will affect K-2 teachers... i actually entered all my middle-of-year testing data this afternoon and my class is spread all over the fucking map. i would LOVE to take credit for the mess my class was in the last three months. out of curiosity, are you a member of the teachers' union? i think i might be too damned stingy to pay the monthly dues... is it just me or are they pretty steep?

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand people who think they understand the first thing about education, yet have never set foot inside a classroom once they graduated. I'm burning up with anger for you! I used to teach high school English, but I didn't last long. Now I'm subbing on the side. I hope that stupid plan doesn't go through. It looks like the union would be able to put a big fat ixnay on it pretty fast.

Carrie (

2:06 PM  
Blogger Pigs said...

We don't get unions in Texas!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

We're going through this same thing here in CA. Ah-nold is trying to implement basically this same approach. While I like some of his ideas (and that freaks me out since he's a Repub), this one frustrates me. I can totally relate to your feelings on this matter. I'm an ESL teacher myself, so I know the challenges that are faced.

And to the person who mentioned the teacher's union: here they take your money whether you want to be in the union or not, so you might as well get something for your money. It sucks, and it's super expensive.

Sad to know there are lots of other teachers out there going through this.

10:13 PM  
Blogger la maestra said...

i teach in texas. my district has a teachers' union. optional fees of $46 or so per month (for full-time professional personnel), which can conveniently be automatically deducted from each paycheck if you so desire. but i don't think i do. if anyone has personal experience with a union and can tell me the advantages/disadvantages, let 'er rip. if the hatter doesn't mind, of course ;)

10:22 PM  
Blogger Pigs said...

I posted. Check me out.

6:13 PM  

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