EdWonks weighs in on an issue I have long felt impacts teacher morale.
This was posted on The Education Wonks blog site today.
If Congress wanted to do something useful for teachers, maybe it could pass a law that would permit teachers who are currently shackled to their jobs by outmoded seniority rules escape from school districts that have toxic work-environments and transfer their seniority to districts that are dedicated to fostering a culture of educational excellence and high employee morale.
For a long time now I have noticed how trapped educators are by the archaic salary schedules. Once a teacher gets about 7 or 8 years under their belt, they are trapped for life in their current school district with few if any options. Due to their higher salary they are stuck with few if any school districts able to afford hiring them as a veteran teacher. This too leads to morale issues as teachers begin to feel trapped.
We used to hire a few veterans now and then until health insurance, utility costs and rising fuel costs compounded by dwindling state revenue came to be. As it stands now - teachers are stuck.
This is the trade off the unions accepted when they fought for pay that is exclusively seniority based.