Comments: I've argued for this for years

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I'm curious how much of that gym teacher disparity comes from the addition of coaching stipends to their salaries.

Posted by Rhymes With Right at October 31, 2011 11:11 PM

Did Markell ever reform the DSTP like he promised to when he was elected?

Posted by Jeff the Baptist at November 1, 2011 05:24 AM

Jeff: The DSTP no longer exists. It's now called DCAS, is done via computer, and done three times per year. It's supposed to more easily demonstrate student growth. The downside is that it disrupts the school year significantly more.

Posted by Hube at November 1, 2011 07:40 AM

Here in my neck of the woods, gym teachers/coaches often get paid more because not only do they teach an academic subject, they have their regular P.E. classes and usually coach different sports - which is lots of after-school hours and weekends. All of which makes sense. On the other hand, when society puts more emphasis on education and less on sports maybe the pay scale will change too. Then maybe academic teachers will have after-school programs in science or summer camps for math, etc.

I have never known a teacher who was fired for poor performance of students in academics, but I have known PE teachers/coaches who have been let go for their students poor performance. Once again - priorities of our society!

Posted by Lou at November 3, 2011 07:58 AM

I teach and coach. Coaches in public schools do receive a stipend. It is nowhere near the cost of time and energy. Coaching is a labor of love. For the record most coaches are conservative.

Posted by orestes at November 3, 2011 04:03 PM

I think it's a mistake to assume that all the PE teachers also coach, and that's what accounts for their pay. Many other teachers also coach and get the requisite stipends as well.

But orestes is right on -- the amount of time given for the amount of pay for coaching really ain't worth it if you examine it closely. It is indeed a labor of love.

Posted by Hube at November 3, 2011 05:36 PM

I'm a retired H.S. English teacher. The main reason a lot of Science teachers don't make as much money is seniority. Science and Math teachers generally don't stick to teaching as long as teachers of other subjects. Science and Math teachers have the training to move into industry for better pay, and less stress.

Posted by CharlieSays at November 6, 2011 02:49 AM