Did you know this? Because I didn’t.
- As of just a few years ago during Gov. Strickland’s years in office, teachers in Ohio were required to obtain a Master’s degree within the first ten years (or before the renewal of a third, 5-year professional license)
- Teachers who held a license PRIOR to this new regulation were grandfathered in, thereby excusing them from the requirement
- Teachers with Master’s degrees are more expensive than teachers without
- Younger teachers who rushed out to get a Master’s degree to meet the requirement are 1) Losing their jobs as a result of RIF-ing (because they are mainly new, non-continuing contract teachers with little seniority having only invested 3-5 years in education), and 2) Too expensive to be hired as new hires in hiring districts
- Teach for America teachers (*Squinty-eyed face*) are not required to have a Master’s, making them less expensive than those poor saps (myself included) who fell into the previous category
- Teach for America teachers new to Ohio would be more marketable in this economy and under these financial conditions than teachers who have advanced degrees and actual training in education
- Younger teachers with Master’s degrees basically got the short-end of the stick in this situation.
Clearly, merit pay and accountability will solve all the problems with education.