Regarding the pay raise for beginning teachers: I figure it might have gone something like this: “You know, teachers who have already invested 10 or more years in the profession probably have children and mortgages so it would be hard for them to quit. No reason to give them a raise. Let’s raise new teacher pay just enough to trick the newbies into teaching here. Maybe they won’t notice they aren’t getting a raise for the next 10 years.”
The governor says he wants a highly qualified teacher in front of every student. Then rules that only 25 percent can be good enough for a $500 trade for tenure. Then he has the gall to give raises to teachers who have not yet shown any evidence of high qualification. New teachers can’t pay their student loans? Just wait until their kids start to drive. Experienced teachers can’t pay their bills, either.