A state budget provision that changes how public school teachers are licensed means changes are in the works to address how teachers are compensated. The budget passed by the legislature allows experienced teachers to receive lifetime licenses, while new teachers who successfully complete 6 semesters in the classroom can also have the expiration date of their license removed by school board action. With that, teachers no longer have to complete 6 college credits every 5 years. Since schools’ pay scales were based on experience and college credits, those pay scales are changing. In Waupaca, district administrator Greg Nyen wants to tie salaries to teacher development and student progress. Under the proposal, teachers would increase their salaries through in-house professional development, summer-time development opportunities, traditional college courses approved by the district, and additional staff/student engagement. Those already involved in a masters degree program, or the like, would be grandfathered in. The proposal includes two hours of mandatory teacher staff development time every Wednesday, with students being dismissed at 2 pm. Business manager Karl Hayek projects the new compensation plan would not cost the district more in overall teacher pay. No decision on the proposal is expected for several months.