(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
How do you get rock star teachers? Offer rock star wages of course! I coauthored a study for the Goldwater Institute laying out a model of achieving $100,000 teacher salaries based on Arizona charter school funding. You can read the previous posts on this here, here and here.
The New York Times features a new charter school that apparently had a similar idea: they are offering teacher salaries of $125k and merit bonuses of up to $25k.
What do you get for that? Well for starters, Kobe Bryant’s former personal trainer as your gym teacher. “Developed Kobe from 185 lbs. to 225 lbs. of pure muscle over eight years,” his resume says.
The school, named the Equity Project, is located in a rough part of town and will have class sizes of 30 to pay for those rock star teacher salaries.
I don’t know whether the school will be tracking value-added learning gains over time as we recommend in our study. I hope they will. I for one will be watching with great interest to see how they do over time.