2001 State of the State Teaching Quality Proposals and Outcomes
By John Nagy, Staff Writer
2001 State of the State Teaching Quality Proposals and Outcomes.
Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D)
1) to forgive student loans for teachers who teach math or science in rural areas
2) to set up $50 million fund to prevent teacher layoffs
3) to continue $5,000 raises for teachers earning $5,000 National Board Certification
4) to require all new teachers to be "technology competent" before they enter classroom
2) No, but Siegelman secured budgeting flexibility during a December special session
4) Partial, the state Department of Education began drafting a rule requiring all teachers to demonstrate basic computer skills but the Board had yet to vote on it as of January.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R)
1) to raise teacher pay $3,000 over biennium
1) No, Huckabee signed the bill authorizing the raises, but they were contingent upon adequate resources in the state's Public School Fund and fell victim to a $142 million budget cut in November. School districts had the option to fund the raises themselves - $1,000 in 2001 and $2,000 in 2002. State officials say many may opt to do so through June 2002, but it will not be clear until then how many will do so.
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R)
1) to offer merit-based teacher pay incentives and offer recruitment bonuses to teachers to teach in "challenged" schools and to math, science and special education teachers
1) Yes, according to Owens' office Colorado implemented a program to disburse $52.4 million over four years for teacher merit and recruitment bonuses. Spokeswoman Amy Sampson says 441 schools qualified to receive bonus money; use of that money is at the schools' discretion.
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R)
1) to set aside $6 million for teacher signing bonuses
2) to give teachers a pay raise
1) No, "the signing bonus was not funded," according to the state Education Department.
2) Partial, funding for salaries was raised 5.5 percent, but the state didn't fully fund the new $25,000 mandated minimum salary requirement, meaning that at least for beginning teachers, school districts would have to come up with the remainder. The state set its contribution to the base rate at $23,210 per teacher. No money was specifically set aside for teachers whose pay was already above $25,000, but teachers are able to negotiate for raises with their districts.
Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon (D)
1) to create 500 master reading and math teachers in areas that need them most
2) to install a $30 million quality teacher initiative to aid professional development in reading and math, classroom management and discipline, National Board Certification and character education
1) No, the legislature rejected this plan.
2) Partial, O'Bannon secured $21 million over two years for professional development and teacher quality programs. So far, that appropriation has survived the state's efforts to remedy its serious budget shortfall, but it is vulnerable enough that O'Bannon is backing a bill this year that would explicitly protect this money and other education priorities from budget cuts.
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D)
1) to require rigorous teacher certification and participation in multi-year induction or mentoring program within first two years of taking job
2) to establish research-based program of continuing professional education
3) to link Iowa's base teacher pay with levels "linked to national labor market" to maintain state's competitiveness
4) to create variable pay program rewarding teachers, administrators and staff for annual achievement improvements
1) Yes, the mentoring requirement was included in the state's pay-for-performance package.
2) Yes, Iowa's Education Department is in the process of implementing this professional development program.
3) Partial, with an eye toward keeping the state competitive, funding for the teacher quality package included money to help school districts raise beginning base teacher pay from $23,000 to $28,000 over four years. Base pay is currently at $24,500.
4) Yes, this is the core of the $40 million pay-for-performance package passed in May. Education Department spokeswoman Kathy Sawyer says the installation of last year's phase of the program went as scheduled. The proposed budget for the 2002-2003 school year maintains this level of funding but does not add the funds necessary to complete the program on schedule
Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster (R)
1) to advance teacher pay toward Southern regional average
1) Partial, Foster did manage to help secure a $2,060 raise for teachers, two-thirds of the $3,000 Louisiana teachers needed in order to pull up to the Southern regional average for the fall of 2000. The raise closed the gap, even though the recalculation of the regional average jumped up again in the fall of 2001 and promised to continue its climb in 2002.
Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci (R)
1) to establish regional accelerated alternative teacher preparation centers via Board of Education
1) Yes, the state established 8 regional training centers for accelerated teacher preparation last year.
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura (I)
1) to support districts that provide mentoring programs
2) to loosen and fix requirements and teacher compensation plans to get new teachers and non-teachers into the classroom
1) Yes, the state Department of Chidren, Families and Learning confirms that mentoring support is available and is an integral part of most of the plans districts submit.
2) Yes, Minnesota's K-12 funding bill includes $4 million in incentives for districts to adopt and implement qualification and compensation standards designed to attract new teachers to the profession.
Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove (D)
1) to remove the five percent revenue growth condition on teacher pay raises
2) to fully fund adequate education, the Critical Teacher Shortage Act and the teacher pay plan
1) Yes, the five percent revenue growth condition was removed during a special session in August.
2) Yes, all three programs received their funding.
Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (D)
1) to encourage teachers to obtain National Board Certification (NBC) with $4,000 annual salary supplements for all who complete program
2) to reward successful NBC mentors with ten percent salary supplements
1) No, the bill which included both a $5,000 bonus for these teachers and the ten percent salary supplement for mentors, failed near the end of the session. Republican lawmakers rejected the package as too expensive
2) No, see #1.
Montana Gov. Judy Martz (R)
1) to implement loan forgiveness for best teaching recruits
2) to provide stipends to teachers seeking to achieve National Board Certification
3) to craft mentoring programs to keep teachers in the profession
4) to establish Investing in Teaching Excellence merit-based pay
1) No, the bill died in the Senate.
2) Partial, instead of the 10-year, $3,000/year stipend requested by the Department of Education, Martz and the legislature agreed on a 1-year, $3,000 stipend that amounts to a reimbursement for succcessful applicants.
3) No, this proposal went nowhere.
4) No, no such bill was ever introduced.
Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns (R)
1) to pass legislation increasing teacher capacity to maintain classroom discipline and control
2) to fund the Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program providing loans to teachers in training
3) to fund the Master Teaching Program providing incentives for teachers who pursue National Board Certification
4) to establish a workable teacher bonus plan (see details in speech )
1) No, the legislature took no action on this proposal
2) No, Johanns and the legislature agreed to fund the program, authorized in 2000, with an annual appropriation of $2.7 million, but it was among the new programs to lose funding in the $170 million October budget session
3) No, the Master Teaching Program has yet to receive funding although the rule is written and the program ready to go, according to education officials
4) No, not so far. The bill establishing a teacher bonus plan passed the education committee and was in the second round of consideration by the legislature when it adjourned last year. It is "neither a dead horse, nor a done deal," one official said.
Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn (R)
1) to increase funding for regional teacher training centers by $4 million
2) to invest $22.8 million in new state college in Henderson with eye toward addressing teacher shortage
3) to provide cash bonus for all Nevada teachers and staff equal to five percent of their salary using a one-time allocation of $58 million
1) Partial, the legislature approved $10.1 million for the centers over the biennium, a $3.1 million raise from the 1999-2000 biennium.
2) Yes, the legislature approved $4.4 million in operating costs for fiscal 2003 and $23.4 million in capital financing that was already available last year. That amounts to a $27.8 million investment overall, even though Guinn scaled down the state college's initial planning request and the legislation authorizing that portion of it never passed.
3) Yes, Nevada delivered three percent one-time bonuses for teachers and staff in 2001, furthermore, two percent raises are in the works for July 1, 2002, using additional money provided by revenues from the state's rental car tax. This adds up to a five percent bonus for the biennium.
New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R)
1) to implement merit-based pay raises
1) No, Johnson's merit pay bill failed and he vetoed an omnibus education reform bill that included a graduated licensing system, but not, strictly speaking, a merit pay plan.
New York Gov. George Pataki (R)
1) to double funding for Teachers of Tomorrow
2) to recruit new teachers from among retired public employees
1) No, Teachers for Tomorrow received $25 million, the same level of funding it operated on in FY2001.
2) No, there is currently no provision for retired public employees to take teaching jobs and retain their pensions.
North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven (R)
1) to raise teacher pay $3,500 over two years
1) Partial, the Legislature finally passed a teacher pay bill that offered state reimbursement for raises up to $1,000 the first year and $2,000 the next for a total of $3,000, but districts were not required to issue any pay raises at all, nor to make any pay raise across-the-board.
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R)
1) to provide $80 million for teacher training
2) to provide mentors for early-year teachers
3) to enable more teachers to become Nationally Board Certified
1) Yes, the Education Department received $45 million for professional development programs in FY2002 and "is on track" for the $80 million Taft proposed for the biennium in FY2003, an education official said.
2) Yes, Ohio is in the process of implementing a mentoring requirement for first year teachers in all public schools. It will be in place in time for the 2002-2003 school year.
3) Yes, Ohio continues to support the National Board Certification by paying for the application process and by providing $2,500 stipends to all successful applicants for the 10-year life of their certificates.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R)
Proposal: 1) to implement statewide teacher testing
1) Yes, the tests were implemented in November and December. They are designed to identify areas of needed improvement in teachers' professional development and help the state better spend its $100 million in annual teacher development programs. But technical glitches with the $7.5 million testing program designed by Educational Testing Service raised complaints from teachers and unions throughout the state and questions from at least one union about their value.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Almond (R)
1) to invest in the Master Teachers program at $400,000
2) to put $250,000 into mentoring programs for new teachers
1) No, the Master Teachers program, a partnership between teachers and college faculty to develop and operate improved continuing teacher education, did not receive the proposed $400,000 in the higher education budget.
2) No, the mentoring funding was not approved by the legislature.
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges (D)
Proposal: 1) to raise teacher pay by $2,000
1) Partial, the General Assembly raised average teacher pay $1,517 according to the state Department of Education.
South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow (R)
1) to mandate additional compensation for teachers who teach in more than one school district
1) Yes, the legislature agreed to mandate additional compensation for "any teacher that teaches a course over the Digital Dakota Network shall receive additional compensation for each course and from each school for which the teaching services are provided."
Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist (R)
1) to increase number of scholarships for teachers who commit to needed subjects or locations
2) to develop Web site listing every job opening at every public school in the state
3) to offer intensive training for professionals who want to become teachers
4) to establish first-year mentoring programs
5) to pay volunteer mentors extra
6) to double discretionary dollars for every teacher to $200 per year
1) No, this was included in the Education Reform Act of 2001 but funding was never included in any approved budget, so the reforms became moot.
2) Yes, the Web site is on track to go online "sometime this spring," according to an Education Department spokeswoman.
3) No, see #1.
4) No, see #1.
5) No, see #1.
6) No, see #1.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)
1) to establish a Master Math Teacher Program along lines of Master Reading Teacher Program rewarding expert instructors with a $5,000 annual bonus
2) to triple Teach for Texas Grant Program for students who commit to teaching in high-need area upon graduation
3) to free $700 million in capital gains from Permanent School Fund for teacher compensation and benefits
1) Yes, this was approved, according to the state Education Department
2) Yes, the program received $15 million for the biennium, up from $4 million during the previous period.
3) Partial, the legislature rejected Perry's request to tap into the permanent school fund but passed a$1.2 billion teacher health insurance package based on other funding sources.
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (R)
1) to offer financial incentives to keep teachers in math and advanced technology, pay for Master's degrees for outstanding teachers who are willing to retool toward math and technology disciplines and other incentives.
1) Yes, the Public Education Jobs Enhancement Program includes $5,000 one-time signing bonuses for teachers committing to teach for four years and $20,000 scholarships for teachers already teaching math, science or technology to obtain further education, in some cases Master's degrees. The program also includes $10,000 rewards for excellent teachers in math, science and tech fields. Funding for these programs came from a $9.9 million appropriation, $235,000 of which is at risk in a debate over $18 million in cuts to the education budget.
Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R)
1) to hire 100 more math teachers under Algebra Readiness Initiative
1) No, the failure shared by Gilmore and the General Assembly to forge a budget agreement last year froze state education spending at 2000 levels; therefore, no additional teachers could be hired to fulfill this or any other purpose, according to the state Education Department.
Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D)
1) to launch new teacher compensation pilot programs based on knowledge, skills and performance in select school districts
2) to adopt alternative certification programs for teachers
1) No, Locke is still working on a more concrete proposal with his finance and education policy teams.
2) Yes, the legislature adopted recommendations of Locke's Professional Educator Standards Board. The result is $2 million in grants to select universities and districts to implement pilot alternative certification programs.
West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise (D)
1) to increase every teacher's salary by $1,000
2) to give National Board Certified teachers $2,500 raises
1) Partial, teachers received a $756 pay raise along with other school employees. The year ended with both teachers' unions calling for more substantial pay raises to be implemented over a three-year period.
2) Yes, the legislature approved the stipend.
Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer (R)
1) to increase funding for teacher's education technology skills by $4.2 million
2) to adjust teacher pay plans to create incentives for new math and science teachers
3) to provide for alternative preparation and certification of teachers
1) Partial, the WyoBest program was launched with a $3 million appropriation.
2) No, although the legislature approved a 9.4 percent block grant formula increase for K-12 education and included money for all teacher salaries, no special provisions were made to target recruitment of new math or science teachers .
3) No, the legislature did not address alternative teaching training paths, but a federal grant supports programs in three school districts.
Sources: state agencies, governor's offfices, news sources.