Thursday, March 17, 2011

Charter School's $125K Experiment

There's a new experimental public school in New York City called ""TEP" which stands for "The Equity Project", a charter school that is publicly funded but privately run. It's offering its teachers a base salary of $125,000 a year - more than double the national average.
TEP aims to prove that attracting the best and brightest teachers and holding them accountable for results is the essential ingredient to a school's success.
Asked how he thinks these high salaries will impact student achievement, Zeke Vanderhoek, school principal, told Katie Couric in the 60 Minutes interview, "I don't think paying people more makes them a better teacher. You take a mediocre teacher, you double their salary, nothing's gonna change. So, if you want to attract and retain talent, you have to pay for it. "
"And that is ultimately how student achievement will be impacted," he added.

Could you imagine JESNA, PEJE and other Jewish philanthropic organizations 'synergizing' to create "TJEP" (the Jewish equity project) vetting resumes from the most talented and quality educators with a pure focus on excellence in Jewish education? How do you feel about this vision of a school? Do you think this would ultimately impact Jewish student achievement in terms of content proficiency, skill and identity building?

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