After approximately 2-3 years, teachers are offered tenure, with little to no evaluations occurring after tenure is given, insuring the teacher full job security.
Average teacher salary within SFUSD was about $47,000.
President Obama’s 2014 salary budget proposal asks for $71billion for education, a 4% increase over 2013.
The Internal Revenue Service found teaching to be the profession with the slowest pay growth in 2012.
TheNew York Daily News reports that “over the past three years [2007-2010], just 88 out of some 80,000 city schoolteachers have lost their jobs for poor performance.
”In many major cities, only one out of 1000 teachers is fired for performance-related reasons.
In a school district that has by any measure failed its students — only 28.5 percent of 11th graders met or exceeded expectations on that state’s standardized tests — Newsweek reported that only 0.1 percent of teachers were dismissed for performance-related reasons between 2005 and 2008.
The cost to eliminate those employees (under tenure) averages out to $163,142.
55 percent of teachers, and 47 percent of union members, answered yes when asked “Do you think tenure and teacher organizations make it too difficult to weed out mediocre and incompetent teachers?"
Al Shanker, the legendary former president of the American Federation of Teachers, admitted, “a lot of people who have been hired as teachers are basically not competent.”
The data shows that teachers on average are working 10 hours and 40 minutes a day. That’s a 53-hour work week!
92% of the 10,000 teachers surveyed said that tenure should not protect ineffective teachers.
10,000 surveyed teachers stated that student growth over the course of a school year was the indicator they felt should play the largest role in evaluating and/or measuring their performance.
If teacher pay had risen in proportion to per-pupil spending since 1970, the average teacher would make more than $120,000today.
Studies prove that a great teacher can impart a year and a half's worth of learning to a student in one year.
46 percent of teachers in public schools leave the profession within five years.
Teachers make 14 percent less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education.
In the next 10 years, more than 1.8 million of the 3.2 million teachers will become eligible for retirement.
14 percent of teachers leave the profession each year; in urban districts, the turnover is higher: 20 percent.
High turnover of American teachers costs our country over $7 billion every year.