David Cunningham: Merit-pay math

August 17, 2013 

Merit-pay math

State Sen. Phil Berger’s Aug. 14 letter said “the overwhelming majority of our educators are top-notch,” yet his “merit pay” proposal plans to reward only the top 25 percent of teachers with an increase of $5,000 over the next four years. Le’s do some basic math here: That’s $1,250 per year, which comes out to an extra $125 a month over 10 months, or an extra $6.94 a day for a typical 180-day school year.

Even if one were to assume a teacher works eight hours a day, that’s an increase of less than a dollar an hour for those who Berger says are the “top-notch” teachers.

Is it any wonder teachers feel abused and insulted?

David Cunningham, Raleigh

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