Advocates Work to Modernize Teacher Pay
March 30, 2018

How much should teachers get paid? As state legislatures consider plans to increase teacher salaries, media outlets are increasingly devoting attention to the role of teacher compensation in quality education. Many education leaders are making the case for increasing teacher compensation as an important factor in ensuring there is a quality educator in every classroom. Here are some recent examples from across the Network of efforts to modernize teacher pay.


In 2017, Expect More Arizona partnered with the Helios Education Foundation to produce a report on how to find and keep quality educators in Arizona classrooms. The report details the exodus of teachers in Arizona due to poor pay levels. Expect More Arizona’s activity on this issue has swelled in 2018, and their coalition has pinpointed teacher salaries as a key leverage for progress on education in the state.  


In an effort to inform the debate around Denver’s teacher compensation system, ProComp, A+ Colorado produced a report on the results of the system. The report and subsequent event proposed a new model for paying Denver teachers that prioritizes retention and focuses resources on high priority schools.

North Carolina

In North Carolina, BEST NC worked with the business community to increase teacher salaries by about $102 million in 2017, as part of the state’s overhaul of compensation for school leaders. This campaign also resulted in a raise for about 85 percent of principals in the state, and tied future pay raises to student performance.


For schools that are considered “hard to staff,” Educators for Excellence-Minnesota worked on legislation in 2015 that gave districts money to create career ladders, provide job-embedded professional development, and institute performance pay measures. The resulting bill was an improvement to the Q Comp program.

For more information on advocacy efforts to modernize teacher compensation, Network members can explore the PIE Network MAP.

    Lukas Boehning

    Lukas is PIE Network's Manager, Policy and Research

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