The district claims it will resume collective bargaining in the following school year. Nevertheless, some Utah teachers worry that Ogden is setting a precedent for other districts. And one state legislator remarked that he hoped Ogden's example will lead to similar reforms statewide.
But is performance pay really worth going to the mat over if it means bringing down teacher morale? There are certainly many arguments—some of which we've made—that the current way we compensate teachers is fundamentally flawed. But without meaningful changes to teacher evaluations, how will Ogden know who is deserving of a raise? We took a peek at Ogden's evaluation instrument
and student performance is not even a factor in a teacher's rating.
So it seems that Ogden, not unlike many districts we've observed, is putting the cart before the horse.