Capstone/Dissertation Title

Tenure, seniority, and performance pay

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed is, what are the perceptions of Minnesota high school teachers regarding the standard seniority and education-based salary schedule versus the new performance-based system? The inspiration for this capstone derived from being a non-tenured teacher and the internal struggle of understanding why a teacher's performance was not considered when layoffs occurred. This capstone reveals the history behind the creation of tenure and seniority including both strengths and weaknesses. This capstone also examines performance-pay which more and more schools in Minnesota are voting in favor of. The author uses qualitative interview methods to conduct the research and interviews four Minnesota high school teachers regarding their views on the new performance-based system. The results of the interviews reveal that although the traditional system of tenure and seniority is dated, there are genuine concerns over the implementation of a performance-based system.

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