There is a lot more on the deal in New York out there now. First day and second day stories in The Times and the NY Sun saying that this means big change. And there is even a lively exchange in the brand-spanking-new Eduwonk comments section from my brief post the other day.
See also the UFT’s site for their take and more information on the pension settlement that was part of this deal and hasn’t received as much attention even though that has been a big issue. In fact, some people thought that the pension settlement would be the grease for the charter cap lift earlier this year in New York. Edwize is all about all this, too.
Over at his place Mike Antonucci dissents from the zeitgeist and points to this article to say the performance-pay wave has already broken…NYC Educator is bummed, too, but for other reasons, he doesn’t surf.
But again, change doesn’t happen overnight, but the fact that this is happening in New York is pretty signal and we’ll learn from it. That’s for the good, the current approaches don’t work well and some innovation is long overdue. In other words it’s progress. That’s the root word of progressive, by the way.
My own take is that you can’t pay people enough to work in crappy schools but that money is one tool in the toolbox, along with good leadership, clear expectations, and real support to create the kind of environment that talented people want to be in and will thrive in. And recognizing and rewarding achievement is a smart thing for any profession to do. But, as I’ve written in the past, for this to be effective it has to be something done for teachers rather than to teachers. This plan tries to do that.