Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
New Jersey 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.
The New Jersey Governor's plans for education reform including "granting schools and districts the flexibility to reward excellence in the classroom and to attract high-quality teachers to low-performing schools or hard-to-fill positions."
The Christie Reform Agenda: Putting New Jersey's Children First By Challenging the System http://www.state.nj.us/education/reform/
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in both subject shortage areas and high-needs schools.
New Jersey should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
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