Want motivation? How about paying teachers $125,000 a year? Last year I blogged about New York City's Equity Project Charter School, which plans to pay its teachers $125K a year, plus performance bonuses (boni!). This morning, an eager reader sends a link to an update on the eight-teacher "dream team" the Equity Project has hired. What does a million bucks get you for teaching staff? Among those chosen from 600 apps:
- A 30-year veteran teacher from Arizona whose salary a couple years ago was $40K.
- Two Ivy-League grads.
- North Carolina social studies teacher Casey Ash, whose principal cried describing what a treasure he is.
- Joe Carbone, phys-ed teacher, former L.A. Lakers trainer (his résumé includes, "Developed Kobe from 185 lbs. to 225 lbs. of pure muscle over eight years"—how's that for an interview-getter?)
By the way, these educational innovators will be following what looks like an old-fashioned semester schedule. What, no trimesters? No block?