The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Maine neither supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects nor offers incentives to teach in high-needs schools. However, the state has no regulatory language that would directly block districts from providing differential pay.
Teachers who are National Board Certified are eligible to receive a $3,000 annual supplement. However, this differential pay is not tied to high-needs schools or subject-area shortages.
Maine National Board for Professional Teaching Standards http://www.nbpts.org/resources/state_local_information/ME
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in both subject shortage areas and high-needs schools.
Maine should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
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.
Maine recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.