Under SB 5, Ohio will be first state required to base teacher pay on performance

Associated Press


Ohio’s new law to limit collective bargaining for public workers could make it the first state with a mandatory system to pay teachers based on their performance.

The measure passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. John Kasich bans strikes by public workers and replaces automatic pay increases with merit raises or performance pay. That means it eliminates salary schedules and step increases of 110,000 full-time public teachers in the state, The Plain Dealer reported Sunday.

Ohio would be the first state in the U.S. to replace automatic raises with a performance-based pay system for teachers statewide, said Kathy Christie, chief of staff for the Denver-based Education Commission of the States, a nonpartisan group that researches education policy.

“That is the type of component that really, really resonates with the public,“ she told the newspaper. ”If you are not pulling your weight, if you are not getting performance, if you are not tenacious and really trying to learn and all those sorts of things you want to see teachers doing, then you don’t move up at all.“

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