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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

President Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan supports merit pay for teachers by linking raises and bonuses to student performance. The former professional basketball player said "To somehow suggest we should not link student achievement to teacher effectiveness, is like suggesting we judge sports teams without looking at the box score."
That seems logical. So, why hasn't it been done before?...Well, in Washington, lobbies and interest groups have always trumped logic, and there is no lobby more powerful than the teachers union, who opposes merit pay...That's Change.

2 Comments
  1. Pat D
    June 12, 2009 -

    My concern Larry is that public school will become more test results based than it already is.

  2. teach
    June 12, 2009 -

    Players on sports teams likely come to the game with clean clothes to wear, enough to eat and a safe place to sleep at night. When you can guarantee that every child attending school has at least the basic necessities, is not verbally or physically abused and has no learning disabilities, then you can consider that educators have a "level playing field" and can be evaluated on how well their students perform.