A suggestion for alleviating the shortages of teachers in particular teaching fields. School districts must adopt a new kind of salary schedule that allows salaries for relatively scarce teaching skills to be raised, without simultaneously being compelled to pay higher salaries for all teaching skills. The authors urge that boards of education, school administrators, and other citizens adopt additional salary differentials, seriously weighing the potential gains against the difficulties. Such a step is essential if individual districts and the nation as a whole are to provide adequate education at acceptable costs.
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