Pay Effective Teachers What They Deserve

Pay Effective Teachers What They Deserve

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During a speech in February, President Obama said, "Education is an investment that we need to win the future."

He's right. In order to invest in our kids' futures, we need to invest in great teachers now.

The most important school-based factor in a childs education is teacher quality, and America's most qualified teachers are grossly underpaid.

StudentsFirst is working to elevate the teaching profession by advocating that teachers be rewarded for excellence. Those who show they can move kids along academically should be compensated accordingly.

Our great teachers are the ones who help to shape the lives of our children, the role models who give them the tools to succeed. Teachers help pave the way for children to become scientists, engineers, world leaders. Their impact on a child's life cannot be underestimated.

As President Obama says, an investment in education is an investment in our future.

Sign the pledge in support of paying America's effective teachers what they deserve.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kim Erikson WOODSTOCK, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      To be an effective teacher, one must have command of the subject and the ability to engender trust and enthusiasm and motivation. Mush like a visionary leader, a truly effective teacher inspires students to share his/her passion , a combination of manager, secretary and Svengali

    • Bah Lee NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a teacher!

    • Christine S Baker NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I think his decision is right for all of us.

    • curtis palmer MIAMI BEACH, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      we must had excellent educators to have excellent students

    • Lisa Luz MILWAUKEE, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      There is a danger here - I tought Art Education for 20 years, ages k3-8th grade,and in the regular classroom. Special Ed kids, extrememly deprived youngsters, some of which were struggling to survive in their world of proverty and neglect.

      if I changed or made an impact in their lives over the years I spent with them, should I get a pay raise for raising self-esteem and instilling hope and grace and change in thinking about how they fit in a world

      that overwelms them in almost everyway. I got raises, a pension, I got

      students to open up their hearts to explore the gift of artmaking.

      I got paid for enlightening a child's window of hope. DPI should be scutinized maybe dropped , they do not teach so they do not know the whole story nor do they care to. They are up in their Ivory Towers. Teaching requires several sets of skills speaking at once - addressing teaching styles,

      accessing each child, then teach and teach again, to those who is listening but may not be able to learn it. Now try again in a different way until he/she gets it.Multiply that by 32 second graders. Or take the smart learnes and get your pay raise., in your class of 17.

      Oh, by the way, last year I had 1200 students, 3 weeks into the class, a Principal expected that I know her student's name and access their progress. Not too much pressure there!

      I have since that year retired. I remembber the chidren and what I did fir them and I am proud that I had them to inspire me to teach.


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