Higher salaries alone are not enough to recruit and retain the best and brightest to teaching.

Outrageous tactics approved by the school board mean that students have to work extremely hard not to graduate from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Attempts to hire more black male teachers are needed, but factors outside of school still play a more important role.

Quality subs are hard to find because of low pay and no respect.

If student loans could be dischargeable, students, colleges, and banks would all benefit.

True talent has always been in short supply. Generous incentives can help attract better teacher candidates, but it's unrealistic to assume they can duplicate the performances of virtuosos.

Even good teachers can have a bad day.

If students find reading passages on the new SAT to be difficult, how in the world will they be able to handle college-level work?

Studies from even marquee-name universities can be published that allow invalid inferences to be drawn.

The model adopted after the Friedrichs ruling will be unrecognizable to traditionalists.

The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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