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Patrick08
Patrick08 asks:
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What is merit pay for teachers?

I saw Obama's speech on education and he was pushing merit pay for teachers.  What is merit pay for teachers?  How does it work?
In Topics: National education standards and No Child Left Behind
> 60 days ago

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Houli
Mar 12, 2009
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President Obama has proposed merit pay for teachers- the notion that teachers will receive extra pay for outstanding performance such as improved student achievement or teaching in high risk schools. This idea is actually in place in various locations around the country. By and large the teacher unions are opposed to it, and it will be interesting to see what happens now that the President has come out in favor of more pay for higher performance

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MoTeacher
Mar 11, 2009
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Merit pay is based on performance and productivity, just like in the industry sector.  Instead of salary schedules that pay according to years of service, teacher salaries would be based on performance.  Teachers could advance on the pay scale faster and not be paid on the same pay scale as a teacher who does not perform as well.  I assume performance would be based on student assessment scores.  Not sure how that would work for teachers who do not teach tested subjects though.
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aqblickley
aqblickley writes:
Hi Patrick08,

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HeatherPeterson124
HeatherPete... writes:
A lot of teachers nowadays are wanting to add another feather to their caps by studying and getting doctorate in education. Not only is it profitable for them, but it is also fulfilling in some ways.

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