In­crease pay only for teach­ers in hard-to-fill dis­ci­plines

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

An op-ed in The Morn­ing Call men­tioned a teacher short­age (“Your View by school su­per­in­ten­dent: How Penn­syl­va­nia can ad­dress its loom­ing teacher short­age,” Sept. 30). It seemed to iden­tify not uni­ver­sal teacher short­ages, but in­stead short­ages in cer­tain sec­tors, namely math­e­mat­ics, bi­ol­ogy and physics.

Isn’t the mar­ket-driven so­lu­tion to in­crease re­mu­ner­a­tion for se­lected dis­ci­plines to at­tract de­sired tal­ent, in­stead of in­creas­ing re­mu­ner­a­tion across the la­bor spec­trum (as such would in­crease tax­payer costs in ar­eas where there are in­deed no short­ages)? Charles W. Stopp Slat­ing­ton

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