Reexamine the salary and status of modern Orthodox teachers to determine an effective means of increasing recruitment.
The single most important factor that will determine the future quality, success or failure, of modern Orthodox Day School education in North America will be our ability to recruit and retain outstanding teachers who share our Jewish vision. Lord Immanuel Jakobovitz, zt"l, the late former Chief Rabbi of Britain, said about teachers in Jewish schools, "If you pay peanuts you get monkeys." His observation is an important part of the picture.
While this is a national problem, there is room for local initiative to be very productive. Create a special task force to study this issue in your school and to make specific proposals to improve both the economic situation and the communal status of teachers in Jewish schools. Start by comparing the school's salary and benefits package to those of the local public school district and to those of excellent private schools in the area. Take into account the difference in cost of living for Orthodox Jews caused by Kashrut, neighborhood and Jewish education of children.
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