Have you ever wondered, after viewing someone’s hideous job performance, how they somehow manage to get paid for the job they (don’t) do? It’s possible that this could soon be a concern for some of Indianapolis’s teachers thanks to the new law that says the teacher’s performance will now affect their pay.
Do You get What You Pay For?
I imagine that the makers of this law were asking themselves that when they originally discussed this proposition. Was someone actually worried that they were paying too much for whatever services Indianapolis’s teachers were providing? Whatever they were worried about they have changed the ways in which teachers in Indianapolis will now be fired, promoted, paid and judged. Student performance will be a major factor in the evaluation of whether or not a teacher’s salary will be altered or a possible promotion given. So much for collective bargaining rights.
Or Do You Pay For What You Get?
That would be the intention of this new law. We will pay you what we think you’re worth. Of course if you ask Big Brother what was meant to be the purpose of passing a law like this they will tell you that it will weed out the bad teachers, make improvements to teachers already in existence and attract more top of the line graduates for new teaching positions. On the flip side, opponents of this new law fear that it will create a time warp taking teaching back to the non-union days of low pay, political favoritism and arbitrary firings. Limits on teacher input and the possibility of cost cuts seem to be, to some, what’s really going on in Indianapolis.
Before this new law was implemented the following was true as it applied to teaching jobs in Indianapolis: unions could negotiate working conditions and hours; and wages for teachers were determined by amount of grad schooling and years of experience.