West Virginia state superintendent backs pay bump to boost math teaching skills

January 7, 2019 | Charleston Gazette-Mail

State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine said Friday he’d support some type of one-time pay incentive for educators who aren’t certified to teach math, but are teaching it anyway, to increase their math education skills, and for elementary school teachers to also improve their math pedagogy.

He suggested Gov. Jim Justice will provide more information in his State of the State address Wednesday.

“We’ll be developing a strategy that you’ll hear more about, to immediately give teachers who are not certified the opportunity to receive what I would call a content booster, and, perhaps, a differential pay stipend for obtaining that content,” Paine said. “I know that’s been something that has been a challenging issue in the past, but extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions and we’re willing to take them.”

Teacher unions have opposed allowing teachers to be paid differently based on what they teach. The state superintendent mentioned only a “one-time stipend” when speaking Friday at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual Legislative Lookahead.

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