Resignation Incentive. That’s what my district and many others across the country are calling their latest attempts to save money at the expense of good effective teaching and learning. They want anyone who has been teaching long enough to be really good at it to quit and make room for some cheaper first year teachers to take their places. Now, do not get me wrong, I LOVE first year teachers. I was one. I understand them and their job.This program is not just a RETIREMENT incentive which does have some great advantages. Those advantages include allowing teachers who want to retire, but cannot afford it to retire with dignity. It prevents some of the bad teaching that happens when an old teacher who no longer relates to the students is forced to keep working to hit the magic number of years plus experience that unlocks retirement. I have seen some of those people spend the last few years doing some real damage to students. This is an unfortunate situation, but who is to blame? The teacher cannot retire until she is able to collect her retirement income. Quitting before that would leave some of them homeless and destitute. Most students do not care at all that the old teachers are trapped into working past their prime. They just gang up on them like a bunch of piranhas, bragging about the shenanigans they pulled in the classroom behind the teacher’s back. Sometimes they even post videos to the internet!
Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya!
This is an incentive to RESIGN. Just go away! You are free to look for a job someplace else, but you may not work for our district for one year, with the exception of being a substitute teacher. That is okay because they need good subs, and subs get very little compensation compared to full-time teachers and no benefits. This is the how they will calculate our incentive amount.
6- 10 years of employment = 12% of current annual salary;
11-15 years of employment = 15% of current annual salary;
16-20 years of employment = 18% of current annual salary;
21-25 years of employment = 20% of current annual salary;
26-30 years of employment = 22% of current annual salary;
30+ years of employment = 25% of current annual salary
When Back to School Stops Being a Good Idea