“Because the most experienced, highest-paid teachers often migrate to the best schools, a disproportionate number of salary dollars can go to the schools that need them the least, said University of California, Los Angeles corporate renewal professor William Ouchi, who studied hundreds of schools for his 2003 book “Making Schools Work.”
Salaries in those schools are 50 percent to 100 percent higher than at low-income schools, which often are staffed with rookie teachers, he said. “So now you end up spending 50 to 100 percent more per student on a wealthy school.”
Under weighted funding, today’s “wealthy” schools wouldn’t be able to afford all those high salaries once they receive their portion of funding, and “poor” schools would be able to afford more experienced teachers or just more teachers in general, he said.
That doesn’t mean Delaware school staffs would be thrown into turmoil. Most districts phase in such a change, providing money to the “wealthy” schools so they can maintain their staffs until senior teachers move or retire.”
Until the education leaders in Delware deal with inequalities in teachers salaries especially those paid to teachers in the Technical High Schools teacher salaries will still drive school budgets! Districts spend thousands of dollars in professional development monies each year to have teachers complete their advance work, and then “richer” districts “buy” away the best and brightest each year. It won’t be popular with the teacher unions in Delaware, but the best thing that can happen for all the students in Delaware is that the State step in and set down a cross state salary scale for all teachers in Delaware!