Want to have an informed conversation about educator compensation in Delaware? DelawareCAN recently launched a tool that takes all the public, vo-tech and charter-school teacher salary data in the state and allows you to make your own charts comparing salaries by district, schools and position (teacher, administrator, etc.), in any combination you can dream up.
Want to know which school in Red Clay Consolidated School District has the highest paid teachers and administrators?
Spoiler alert: It’s Brandywine Springs.
Most of the disparities are less glaring than Brandywine Springs and the rest of Red Clay, but the tool offers a lot of interesting data to explore. When you hover over a diamond (for high-needs schools) or a dot (for non-high needs schools), you get a popup that tells you the school, position, precise salary and, in some cases, teacher names.
Sticking with the Red Clay examples, the schools all have teacher salaries that fall between $50,000 and $100,000. Looking at the diamonds and dots under the $50,000 mark, there are an awful lot of music teachers and counselors, who may or may not be part-time employees.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty addictive. Plus, the next time you get into a discussion on educator compensation, you’ll have some actual data to back it up.
The tool was launched just in time for Education Equity Delaware’s Education Funding Summit on April 19 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the Delmarva Conference Center in Newark.
The event will feature John B. King Jr., president and CEO of the Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Mike Griffith, school finance consultant for the Education Commission of the States, discussing opportunities to provide equitable and adequate resources to all students in Delaware, and identifying paths toward a more transparent and equitable funding system.
This is a free event for the community; registration is required.-30-