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Teacher and Principal Compensation

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Publication Date: December 2006

Publisher(s): Center for American Progress

Author(s): Marc S. Tucker; Susan Sclafani, Ph.D.


Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)
Education (Education financing, facilities, and equipment)

Keywords: teacher compensation; educational developments

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The Center for American Progress has released three reports on teacher compensation as a potential solution to improving teacher quality. Teacher and Principal Compensation provides an international review of some of school reforms now in use in other advanced nations. The United States is hardly alone in its concern about attracting and retaining quality teachers; shortages of qualified teachers are pervasive in all advanced industrial countries today. To address these challenges, many countries in Europe and elsewhere are experimenting with compensation policies. Though many of these initiatives roughly parallel developments in American districts, there are interesting and important variations that could provide lessons for U.S. school reforms.