Report: Arkansas Schools Should Base Teacher Pay on Knowledge, Skills

JUNE 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Teacher pay should be based more on knowledge and skills rather than years of experience and education units.  That's what Arkansas lawmakers were told yesterday by consultants drafting a report on what constitutes an adequate education.

Members of the House and Senate Adequacy Oversight Committee received a working draft of the report, which focuses on funding for the 2007-2008 school year.  The report by Allen Odden of the University of Wisconsin and Larry Picus of the University of Southern California did not include specific recommendations for the per-student foundation that each school district receives from the state.

State Senate leader Jim Argue of Little Rock said he was surprised by some figures detailed in the report.  It shows that, despite an increase in funding, the percentage spent by districts on instruction between the 2004-2004 school year and the following school year did not increase.

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