What Is The Priority?

This is the wrong graph to show how teacher salaries have become less of a priority. But you get the idea that this is a simple summary.

What Is The Priority?

It is easy to see how a district prioritizes students based on how a district prioritizes teachers. If teachers' salaries are not the line item continuing to increase over time, it is obvious that programs over people are the priority for a district. "Why would a district choose a program over students and teachers?" one might ask.

The answer is simple; a program can be highlighted and submitted for awards...if teachers use it correctly and students do it. A program can can be attributed to an administrator signing a purchase order in an attempt to close the achievement gap...if the teachers implement it correctly and students do it. A program can be sold to the community as something that will bring positive results...if teachers buy in and students do it. In every case made for a new program, the action falls upon the educators at the school site. With every program the students are made to be test subjects for the latest study with a hint of positive results.

Why keep purchasing programs when the most influential factor of every single initiative is a qualified teacher who stays in the district for multiple years and can motivate students to intrinsic achievement.