Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should give local districts authority over pay scales.
Although Illinois gives local districts the authority for pay scales, the state requires minimum salaries based on teachers' years of experience and earned advanced degrees, in effect mandating how districts will pay teachers.
105 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 5/24-8; 5/10-20.7
Give districts full flexibility to determine their own pay structure and scales.
While Illinois does not require local districts to adhere to a state-dictated schedule, it still mandates a minimum salary based on years of experience and earned advanced degree, thereby not giving full authority to districts. Furthermore, considering that the minimum salary requirements are based on the 1980 school year, it is questionable that they serve any purpose at all.
Discourage districts from tying compensation to advanced degrees.
While leaving districts the flexibility to establish their own pay scale, Illinois should articulate policies that definitively discourage districts from tying compensation to advanced degrees, in light of the extensive research showing that such degrees do not have an impact on teacher effectiveness.
Discourage salary schedules that imply that teachers with the most experience are the most effective.
Similarly, Illinois should articulate policies that discourage districts from determining the highest steps on the pay scale solely by seniority.
Illinois commented that minimum salaries set in 1980 are not driving salary ranges. Districts negotiate directly to determine salary for teachers. The state is not involved in setting salaries. It is local control.