From: Eric Scholer
To: Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, avarchristensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Justin J. Miller, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, Scott H. Chew, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Jon Cox, Val Peterson, Bradley Daw, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Norm Thurston, Francis Gibson, Michael McKell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Brad King, Kay Mciff, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Subject: Senate Bill 203 Questions & Concerns
Date: Thu Feb 05 18:17:57 MST 2015
Body:
Representatives,

I am contacting you regarding Sentate Bill 203 - Teacher Salary Supplement Program Admentments.

Question #1 -  Do you know how the courses/areas that are included in the bill were decided on?  It looks like STEM (mostly the Science & Math) and then Special Education is added...?

Question #2 - What specific courses count at a course taught in computer science?  Exploring Computer Science?

My concern is the fact that if/when this bill passes, teachers from those areas will suddenly get a $5000+ salary increase, and in 5 years $10,000, and will have done nothing to merit that increase.  There will be no additional education they have gained, they only have to be teaching 1 course in that area, and they will all most likely get it because the evaluation system is flawed and biased.

That just seems unjust to me because some of those subjects don't change much with time.  I teach Digital Media, Game Design, Web Design, Exploring Computer Science, Video, and TV Broadcasting.  Many of these subjects are ever changing and evolving and take much effort to keep up on the new programs, equipment, and ideas.  These subjects are also closely tied to Computer Science.  Yet teachers like me, who put in so much time and effort, are not rewarded like the others who teach similar subjects.  I love my job, but it is hard to see some receive supplemental pay and others not... I like the idea/concept, but I would like to be included as well.

On a side note - an outside/independent person/agency, someone that doesn't work at that individual school, needs to conduct teacher evaluatons.  Not the administration.  My evaluations have all been good, but I don't think they really serve a purpose since they are not done subjectively.


I look forward to your response,

Eric Scholer
Layton High School
Digital Media & Video Instructor
(801)402-4878
escholer@dsdmail.net