Ch. 4 - Look Familiar? Charters and Teachers (HFR '07)

December 2007

Like previous editions of Hopes, Fears, & Reality, the 2007 report explores some of the most challenging issues currently facing the charter school movement. In this chapter, CRPE authors look at charter school teacher compensation. They conclude that, although charter school teachers are somewhat younger, less experienced, and less likely to be certified, most charter schools, despite some experimentation with performance-based pay, use traditional compensation strategies such as salary schedules. Greater experimentation is more likely in schools that operate under less-restrictive policy environments, are star-ups (as opposed to converted from traditional public school status), and are authorized by agencies other than school districts.