Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Pennsylvania supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects. Mathematics and science teachers can receive stipends between $1,500 and $5,000 and are eligible for a loan-forgiveness program.
Pennsylvania no longer supports the Urban and Rural Forgiveness Program, which provided loan forgiveness for those teaching in high-needs schools.
Pennsylvania Code 121.152
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in subject shortage areas.
Pennsylvania 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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