Last week, Judy over at Consent over the Governed talked about Arizona beginning a program that would pay students to stay in school.
Seems like their friends over in Chicago were listening. This week they mooted a proposal to keep substitute teachers in school with incentives.
Dave Kuschel, spokesman for the Maplewood (Mo.) Richmond Heights School District near St. Louis said. “We’re locked by four or five school districts around us and subs have a choice of where to go.” In his district, subs get a free movie pass after 15 days of work, a $20 book store gift certificate after 20 days and a $100 bonus after 50 days. That’s on top of a daily rate of $80 to $147, depending on experience. “We hope that incentives will steer them in our direction,” Kuschel added.
It seems that over 5 million children are taught by subs every school day, yet 73% of US districts have a desperate need for more. In the next ten years as the pay-scales in jobs change, this need will rise to crisis proportions.
Read the entire story over at USA Today