Local teacher reacts to Kasich's teacher merit-based plan

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants Ohio teachers to take the lead on drawing a new merit-based system for paying them.

The governor met in north-central Ohio on Tuesday with seven teachers and a librarian who responded to his request for input from educators.

FOX 19 caught up with a Cincinnati Public School teacher who thinks merit-based pay is unfair and does not factor in schools in urban settings that face more challenging students.

"In an ideal world I think it would be wonderful but we don't live in an ideal world," says second grade teacher Mary Senger.

"You're not basing your salary on your merits but on their merits and I think then it gets into the unfair category."

Senger teaches at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill, a low income, high crime neighborhood.

"The poverty is so inherent and generational, the kids, they don't know what it is to have," says Senger.

CPS introduced it's own evaluation and performance based system in April to take effect for the 2011-2012 school year. The new state budget calls for a new teacher grading system by the 2013-14 school year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Kasich says one proposal offered during the meeting in Ashland was to have teachers evaluated by their counterparts from other schools. Another was to reward teachers who try to reach out to parents of students having trouble in class.

The newspaper reports the governor is gathering ideas from a steering committee of more than a dozen Ohio teachers.

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