Push For Merit-Based Teacher Pay Heats Up

Source: Hays Daily News, 8/26/2007

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A merit-based teacher salary plan proposed by Republican state lawmakers could cause teachers’ paychecks to vary dramatically depending on how well their students perform in the classroom.

Supporters say tying teacher pay to performance will lead to increased accountability and more innovation and effort in the classroom. But opponents say teachers would be forced to compete instead of collaborate. And tying raises or bonuses to student test scores is not the best measure of what constitutes a good teacher, many say.

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