Saturday, August 22, 2009

There's Good Money in the Ed Reform Racket

The University of Washington's very own Marguerite Roza, an assistant professor at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, made quite a splash recently with a study arguing that states should no longer pay additional money to teachers when they earn Masters degrees. This isn't a new line of thought, but getting a full page write-up in Education Week and a mention in the Education Gadfly in short order isn't a bad month for an education researcher.

I've written about her before as well, here.

Her research is pretty counterintuitive, particularly to a happy union hack such as myself. Recent topics have included the idea that teachers could take a pay-cut to stave off layoffs, that insurance benefits are rather wasted, and now this new bon mot about degrees. It makes one wonder, how comfortable is this professor who has made the thrust of her research an examination on how to take salary and benefits away from teachers?

Turns out, courtesy of the state salary database at the News Tribune, that Dr. Roza is doing quite well indeed--a $10,400 monthly base salary, which works out to a cool $124,800 per year. Not too shabby!

I've ragged on Dan Goldhaber of the UW before, too--he's written about education, and is a very convincing public speaker, but the ideas that he presented during the Basic Ed Finance hearings were waaaaaaaaay out there. According to the Tribune Dr. Goldhaber makes $13,530 a month, or $162,360 a year. Those numbers are provided by the state.

Want to know why teachers are often so cynical about change agents? Because it's usually not the change agent who will be most affected by whatever grand idea is being proposed--it's the teachers.

(For the record, I made $46,341 last year with a Masters degree plus 8 years)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

*laughing uproariously at the tags for this item*

Actually, In general this policy change is among the recommendations of the Basic Education Finance Task Force which agreed with research that the MA degree did not correlate to any significant improvement in student learning.

Final report of the Basic Education Finance Task Force Page 16

In the course of the meetings, the Task Force received reports supporting this conclusion.

Nov. 20, 2007 presentation of Goldhaber, Slide 20

May 6, 2008 presentation of Aos, Slides 7, 8, and 9

Supporting Washington Institute for Public Policy research survey, Page 20-21 29

Check out HB 2241, Sec 402 (1)(b)
and Sec 601

Hope all these links work still.

11:07 AM  

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