Boosting Ohio teacher pay is best private-sector

Apr 9, 2017 by

Gov. Kasich’s teacher proposals seem premised on the idea that the world of education has something to learn from the private sector. It does: Higher pay translates to higher quality, write Ninive Calegari and Ellen Sherratt of the Teacher Salary Project.

SAN FRANCISCO — Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his Office of Workforce Transformation should be commended for the creativity with which they are thinking about the role public educators play in workforce development. He is correct in thinking of Ohio’s kindergarten-through-12th-grade systems as the state’s primary workforce development programs. Schools ought to prepare students for the jobs they will encounter in industries that are evolving.

In his proposed biennial budget, the governor included a pair of recommendations from his workforce transformation partners that have raised some eyebrows in the education world: one, that professional development for educators include some form of private sector “externship” and another, that every public school board include three ex-officio members from the business community.

Ohio teachers would have to complete an externship to renew their teaching license under a provision in Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal.

Setting aside the facts that many people who choose to serve on school boards frequently have day jobs in the private sector and many teachers are already working in the private sector in their second jobs as bartenders, driving Uber, or working the aisles at Home Depot, the point of both of these proposals seems to be that the world of education has something to learn from the private sector.

That’s true, but neither of the proposals will have the transformative effect of a very simple lesson that lies at the heart of successful private sector enterprises: compensation matters.

 

Source: Boosting Ohio teacher pay is best private-sector lesson: Ninive Calegari and Ellen Sherratt (Opinion) | cleveland.com

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