The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Arkansas supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects, including science, math and/or technology.
Arkansas also supports differential pay for teachers working in Title I schools. These teachers can earn up to $4,000 for the first year and $3,000 for the second year and beyond.
Teachers who are National Board Certified are eligible to receive a $5,000 annual supplement. However, this differential pay is not tied to high-needs schools or subject-area shortages.
Arkansas Code 6-17-811; 6-17-2703 Incentives for Teacher Recruitment and Retention in High Priority Districts 4.01.5 http://arkansased.org/about/pdf/current/ade_278_recruitpriority_1009.pdf National Board Certified Teachers http://arkansased.org/educators/recognition/nbct_faqs.html#cost
Consider tying National Board supplements to teaching in high-needs schools.
This differential pay could be an incentive to attract some of the state's most effective teachers to its low-performing schools.
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