Bonuses for AP teachers unfair

AP teachers get bonuses when kids pass a certain exam while other teachers who work just as hard get nothing.

High schools all around Arizona as well as its teachers will collect 3.8 million dollars this school year as a state bonus if students pass the AP (Advanced Placement) exams. Perry High is fourth on the list for getting the most money, receiving 153,900 dollars while Hamilton High is in the lead with 213,000 dollars.

“Teachers are all the same to me and work equally as hard” Mrs. Patterson said

Around 2.9 million dollars went to schools in Maricopa County, including charter schools while other schools in Pima County received 673,200 dollars, which seems unfair to allow charter schools to be included since you have to pay to get in and do not rely on taxpayers money to get paid. It makes sense allowing schools who are not charter schools to be allowed the bonuses because school is free for all kids and they do rely on taxpayers to pay their bills.

“Having taught both AP and on-level classes here at Perry, I have found that my AP classes demand much more time, energy, and effort on my part than my on-level classes do. There is a lot more grading and time spent planning activities that help prepare students for their AP exams that is not necessary in on-level classes. Students expect to be prepared for those exams, and it takes a lot of work on the teacher’s part to help them be ready” Mr. Myers said

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The program has troubled a few critics who said it’s unfair to students who cannot afford a 94 dollar AP exam fee.

Understanding teachers do go through more work to become an AP teacher it is understandable why this law occurs and only is open to certain types of teachers.

Schools like Parker High and Salome High school, two public schools on the Westside of Arizona does not have AP classes. Teachers are unwilling to go out to those schools because of how far it is from everything else like supermarkets and places to go eat. Teachers have endure extra training to become an AP teacher on top of their other training and schooling.

Since this is a law some schools are missing out in this opportunity to help their teachers and schools. When this became a law they should have made each school have at least a few AP teachers teaching at every school. This seems unfair to schools who do not have AP teachers. Since students all take the same exam, I don’t think those distinctions need to be made.” Mr. Myers said