OEA Research Teacher Salaries: Attacks on the Single Salary Schedule
In recent years, local anti-tax groups, conservative politicians, and proponents of performance-based pay systems have attacked the single salary schedule portraying it as an anachronism and an impediment to advancing student academic performance. Such claims have no basis in fact.
The single salary schedule is an objective method for determining teacher compensation. It removes biases associated with grade level, race and gender. It recognizes the contributions of all teachers irrespective of the subject matter taught. And, it guards against subjective and inconsistent evaluations of performance.
To the extent the typical Ohio single salary schedule is problematic is that it favors end-of-career earnings over entry pay, thus, resulting in low starting salaries. This problem can be addressed through salary compression.