Michelle Rhee’s tier program more sinister than previously thought
Michelle Rhee’s tiered pay plan would allow DC school teachers to trade their tenure and scheduled pay raises in exchange for merit bonuses. Seems fair, but Nathan Saunders of the Washington Teacher’s Union is on WAMU right now saying that new teachers would automatically enter the merit bonus tier–effectively eliminating teacher tenure as tenured teachers leave the system.
This would create a backdoor for making the DC schools system performance-based. Performance-based pay might be a good idea, and the tier system is a good idea if it truly allows choice. Rhee shouldn’t be using the tier system, though, to impose performance pay on all teachers.
Saunders sounds like a crank, and pretty much is, but this looks like just another example of the Fenty administration avoiding fair processes in its rush to change the city.