Mayor Coleman asks St. Paul teachers to reconsider Q Comp plan

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 18, 2013 - 11:13 PM

Coleman is concerned about losing $9M in potential funding. Union negotiators point to other money.

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comment229Sep. 19, 13 4:19 AM

Someday, somewhere in America, some politicians are going to figure out that money is not the problem in education in America. Ask every teacher in America to list out the top ten problems why students fail, and you will have your answer. If you asked any teacher if they wanted a $5000 raise next year, or a classroom of 20 kids, well rested, eager to learn, whose behavior is such that there is not a discipline problem in sight, I know what literally every teacher would choose.

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xrkqwkSep. 19, 13 5:18 AM

Maybe the Mayor should consider Q-Comp for himself? Base his pay on whether or not he can control his citizenry and reduce crime. (Issues in Phalen Park come to mind w/ all the gang activity and roving beatings) I wonder how he would feel about having his pay based upon the behavior of people over which he has no control? Just like he expects teachers to do?

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lrnmthSep. 19, 13 6:04 AM

Having been part of a Q-Comp program and been through the MDE approval process I am SHOCKED that the Minneapolis plan was approved. Minneapolis snookered the system to bring money into the district for professional development without providing any of the touted incentive pay, or pay for performance. Now you're pushing for St Paul to do the same. Where's the integrity?

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savagedruidsSep. 19, 13 7:29 AM

Why don't they want Q-comp? Do teachers have to work more? Doesn't Q-Comp pay teachers more? What are the objections and why doesn't the union say what they object to?

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jackpine091Sep. 19, 13 7:34 AM

This money will not do anything to reduce the achievement gap.

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stpaulisbestSep. 19, 13 7:39 AM

Just more proof that Coleman is a Republican masquerading as a Democrat. Coleman has nothing to do with the schools, he should just keep his mouth shut.

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stpaulisbestSep. 19, 13 7:40 AM

Comment29 - It takes money to have smaller class sizes.

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csjohn1Sep. 19, 13 7:48 AM

Savagedruids read comment229 at the top of the comments. There is your answer. Teachers don't teach for the money - which is far from saying that money doesn't matter; but you must understand that a child, nourished, clean, healthy, rested, and prepared to learn are all issues of parental responsibility, and essential for success in the classroom. Virtually all other discussion only serves to deflect attention from things that really matter

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savagedruidsSep. 19, 13 7:55 AM

csjohn1: that doesn't answer my question. What is wrong with q-comp? If your answer is correct then lets not argue about raises next contract, it would "only serve to deflect attention". Why won;t the union say what is wrong?

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comment229Sep. 19, 1311:37 AM

stpaulisbest: If you think Q comp is going to allow any district to add more teachers, you are badly mistaken. Q comp money is designed to reward teachers who go above and beyond, which is fine, but it would do zip for class size. I know what the answers are to educational problems, and so do most teachers. Politicians? For the most part are clueless.

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