SC panel recommends freeze on teacher salaries

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - An education reform panel says teacher pay in South Carolina should be frozen because of the sluggish economy.

The Education Oversight Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that teacher pay be frozen at current levels, at least for the coming fiscal year. The State newspaper reported the average teacher salary in South Carolina is $47,376.

The committee also recommended the state stop giving a $7,500 annual bonus for 10 years to teachers who earn national board certification in the future. The panel said those in the process of becoming certified would qualify and those with the certification would continue to get the bonus.

The recommendations go to the General Assembly, which will start work on the state budget next month. Sales tax collections have dropped nearly 11 percent this year.

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ispeakadatruth
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ispeakadatruth 12/09/08 - 10:16 am
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SC is already a low paying

SC is already a low paying state when it comes to educators. May as well make it even worse. btw...the $47,376 average salary is for teachers with 10+ years of experience.

It always amazes me how the U.S. government uses education as a platform to get votes, etc. but when it comes to funding it takes a backseat to almost everything.

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RainInGa 12/09/08 - 10:49 am
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Either a teacher is

Either a teacher is Nationally Certified or they aren't. If it's worth $7,500 for the certification, then pay it to everyone. If it's not worth $7,500, stop paying it. I realize that teachers who earned National Certification may have jumped through some hoops to get the certification, but in fact, they are teaching the same as everyone else--they just jumped through some hoops to get the extra pay. So again, if it's worth extra pay, keep paying it to everyone who earned it in the past, or will earn it in the future. If it's not worth paying to teachers who earn the certification in the future, then it's not worth paying to teachers who earned it in the past.

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AGR354 12/09/08 - 11:29 am
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National Boards is the

National Boards is the biggest joke in SC. It proves nothing about how effective a teacher is. Teachers need to be paid what they're worth but that is imposible, Stop paying principals and super so much.

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JimiBob 12/09/08 - 12:54 pm
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AGR354....i agree.

AGR354....i agree.

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GGpap 12/09/08 - 01:33 pm
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If this comes to pass it'll

If this comes to pass it'll be the best thing that has happened since god made little green apples! AGR354, we're in agreement as to the obscene salaries paid to school administrators in SC: and, as to teachers being paid what they're worth, MANY would see a dramatic cut in their salaries next year. ;-) I retired from a state where the average pay for teachers was approximately $27,000 annually and they manage quite well on that. School administrators were also paid accordingly...some I know actually receive less than the so-called "average" pay for a SC teacher. And finally, an annual bonus of $7,500 for earning the NTC is ridiculous; half that would be more in line. Oh well, South Carolinians can easily afford the cost of their lower than sublevel brand of education. Bah!

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godogs 12/09/08 - 01:43 pm
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I agree a teacher does need

I agree a teacher does need to be paid by performance but also it needs to be considered that some teachers get the kids who's parents could care less whether their children learn or not, do their home work or not, do not participate in any school functions. They only send their kids to school because it is the law and gets them out of their hair while they sit home and watch soaps all day and draw a check off of the governement and some even speak no English. If a child comes to school unprepared to learn their is not a magic pill the teacher can take to educate some of these kids when their parents could care less. So then why should a teacher be punished by pay because of being stuck with kids who are discipline problems and have no desire to learn. Even if you are doing nothing in class other than providing daycare, I say it is worth a lot more than they get paid to put up with some of the kids they put up with.

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roymccoy 12/09/08 - 11:31 pm
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freeze the students! they

freeze the students! they could care if they make anything of themselves! have teachers involved in something that will reward them and pay them more! too many kids are so far out of hand and need some punishing education!

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