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Pro-Comp Expert to Advise Duncan

Brad Jupp, the senior academic adviser for the Denver Public Schools, will be heading to the department to serve as an adviser to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to this news story.

In 2004, Jupp helped broker the ProComp differentiated-pay system in Denver while an employee of the local teachers' union, and he continued to help oversee the program when he moved to DPS.

He'll be on loan from Denver during this time, the story says, and will be advising Duncan on teacher quality and teacher-effectiveness issues.

I think this is a pretty good sign that the Obama administration is serious about looking at pay models that break away from traditional step-and-lane salary schedules. From my experience working with Brad on a number of stories, he's also well versed in all the human-capital components of education, including hiring and retention, pay, teacher evaluation, and how retirement systems affect the flow of teachers and out of the workforce.

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