Teacher Leadership and Compensation Proposal [updated]

The teacher leadership and compensation proposal is intended to be the centerpiece of this year’s education reform proposal.  Yesterday, the DE released a spreadsheet showing the cost of the proposal by school district (available for download at the link above).

For example, the DE expects the Iowa City Community School District to spend $791,441 to implement the leadership pathways (additional pay for taking on role of model/mentor/lead teacher) and $0 to raise minimum salaries to $35,000.  The DE expects ICCSD to receive $3,905,625 in state funding for the program.  Those numbers for the Cedar Rapids School District are $1,465,632 for leadership pathways, $1,327 to raise minimum salaries, and $5,261,777 in state funding.  For the Clear Creek Amana School District, those numbers are $167,501 for leadership pathways, $39,308 to raise minimum salaries, and $494,421 in state funding.  For Solon School District, the numbers are $111,667 for leadership pathways, $5,811 to raise minimum salaries, and $392,777 in state funding.

The proposal includes $314 per student in state funding for the teacher leadership and compensation system.  After implementing minimum requirements, seven districts are modeled to lose money, 143 districts are modeled to have less than $100,000 in state funding remaining, 265 districts are modeled to have less than $250,000 in state funding remaining, and seventeen districts are modeled to have in excess of one million dollars in state funding remaining.

  • Des Moines Independent   $6,701,348
  • Cedar Rapids                    $3,794,818
  • Davenport                          $3,546,831
  • Iowa City                            $3,114,184
  • Sioux City                           $3,022,641
  • Waterloo                            $2,225,466
  • Dubuque                            $2,147,298
  • Ankeny                               $2,118,378
  • West Des Moines               $2,113,502
  • Council Bluffs                     $2,041,449
  • Waukee                              $1,606,886
  • Linn-Mar                             $1,570,373
  • Johnston                             $1,397,617
  • Southeast Polk                    $1,380,924
  • Marshalltown                      $1,193,649
  • Muscatine                           $1,131,823
  • Cedar Falls                         $1,034,327

Some lobbyists (including ones representing the Urban Education Network of Iowa) have already registered in favor of the bill, but it isn’t all smooth sailing.  @nathanmarting is asking some good questions on Twitter about unintended consequences like pushing all salaries higher and reducing staff.

Also of interest in the Cost Model is the information that student teacher ratios in the state range from a low of 6.25 (with 14 districts under 10) to a high of 27.42 (with 10 districts over 20).

Follow more conversation about the proposed bill at #IAEdFuture.

Update: Mary Stegmeir of The Des Moines Register reports that after minimum requirements are met, districts can use the excess funds to 1) increase number of teachers in the pathways, 2) hire additional staff, or 3) increase stipends for the model/mentor/lead teachers.  At a minimum, districts are required to have 10% model and mentor teachers, and 5% lead teachers.

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