Obama and Teacher Pay

Check out NPR’s review of the Obama budget. In addition to college loan improvements, early childhood education and a host of other programming, Obama hinted that his budget will allow the first ever federally funded teacher performance pay program. obama_speech_21

“But we know that our schools don’t just need more resources. They need more reform. That is why this budget creates new incentives for teacher performance; pathways for advancement, and rewards for success.  We’ll invest in innovative programs that are already helping schools meet high standards and close achievement gaps. “ See full-text here.

The University of Colorado Dean and Professor in the School of Public Affairs Paul Teske’s recent blog post, “Pushing the Envelope on Teacher Pay” does a good job a framing the debate and describing Denver’s attempt at implementing such a program.  Denver clearly doesn’t have the celebrity factor that Michelle Rhee’s team does in D.C., but the model is doing better than its original projections.

Can performance pay really improve teaching?  Check out Mathew Ladner’s blog post “The No Stats All Star” connecting Teaching to success in the N.B.A., by discussing the idea of a “white space employee.” It may complicate the idea for you…


One Response to Obama and Teacher Pay

  1. Peren says:

    Interesting. What is the teacher’s union take on this?

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