Teacher income is determined by their level of education and years on the job. There is no consideration for success in the classroom.
As an English literacy coach, it is my job to assist teachers in improving their instruction in the classroom. Since there are only two coaches for all of my school, I have helped teachers in all core subjects and electives.
I have found teachers to fall into these categories: teachers who are highly motivated and effective, teachers who work very hard and are not effective, and teachers who pretend to work hard and are not effective.
Your kids, most teachers and their counselors know what category the teachers fall in. Normally, the ineffective and not motivated teachers do not know of their failings. Such is the power of self-delusion.
The school I work at is going through cutbacks due to a reduction in federal funding. What this means is that a large number of highly motivated and effective new teachers I have worked with will be gone.
It also means that teachers who are ineffective will remain. This causes an overall degradation of student instruction.
Until public education does away with tenure and a system that emphasizes seniority over competency, schools will never be as effective as they should be in teaching kids. Thousands of students will suffer.
Teacher unions fear that the elimination of tenure will reduce their power to effectively protect teachers. It will reduce their power to protect ineffective teachers.
At one point, I worked as a manager in a union shop run by the Teamsters. They did a good job of protecting their union members from unfair termination. They did not, however, prevent the removal of bad employees who deserved termination.
We must all work to eliminate tenure for our kids’ sake.