Diane Ravitch: North Carolina: Greatest insult to teachers ever cooked up in backroom

Posted on January 24, 2014 

National education blogger Diane Ravitch picked up a piece from NC Policy Watch detailing a new education reform plan floating around North Carolina called the 60/30/10 plan and said it surely must be a joke.

Here’s how NC Policy Watch explains the plan:

A new plan to raise some teachers’ salaries while significantly reducing education spending is circulating among lawmakers and education professionals.

The NC 60/30/10 Plan, which “embraces high teacher turnover,” would place teachers on one of three tracks: Apprentice, Master or Career.

Sixty percent of all North Carolinian teachers would make $32,000/year in the Apprentice category and be allowed to teach for up to twenty years, at which time they must retire or move on to another industry.

Thirty percent of teachers would be eligible for the Master category if they have been teaching for three years, have completed an online training program, and can demonstrate mastery of the teaching method based on “customer survey data.” Master teachers would earn $52,000/year.

Ten percent of teachers would become Career teachers, making $72,000 if they have an advanced degree and can innovate and lead.

All teachers would be able to serve in North Carolina for no more than 20 years. If the plan were to be adopted, all teachers in North Carolina would be required to reapply for their jobs in 2015.

Is it a joke? Apparently not.

Read the Diane Ravitch post here.

Read the original report from the NC Policy Watch here.

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