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August 02, 2011

Duncan Says Teachers Should Earn $60K-$150K...Via Merit Pay

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made headlines today by suggesting that teachers should earn between $60,000 and $150,000 per year, in an address to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards last week. His comments on overall salary were what drew the most immediate attention on T...

July 25, 2011

Zombie Postmortem: Why Merit Pay Died in NYC, and Why It'll Rise Again (and Again, and Again...)

Last week, NYC announced the end of its merit pay program after 3 years and $56 million. It's good timing—the Atlanta cheating scandal has cast a pall over any attempt to tie compensation to test scores. The Times reports: The decision was made in light of a study that found the bonuses had no...

July 14, 2011

Subsidies to the Teaching Profession

@eduleadership As Nicholas Kristof noted a few months ago in the NY Times, the quality of the teaching profession was long subsidized by discrimination and other barriers preventing talented people from entering other fields: Until a few decades ago, employment discrimination perversely strengthene...

March 25, 2011

You Get What You Pay For

@eduleadership The New York Yankees have won the World Series 27 times, more than any other team. The most promising strategy for an underperforming team, of course, is to identify the techniques used by the Yankees and implement them with fidelity. I've decided to become a baseball policy wonk. ...

March 10, 2011

Wisconsin Busts Public Unions - What's Next?

@eduleadership In case there was any doubt that teachers' unions are falling on hard times in the US, a major blow landed today as Wisconsin legislators abruptly passed Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting plan: The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on...

December 06, 2010

Economic Incentives in Education

How might new economic incentives impact educator performance? There are plenty of plans afoot to restructure teacher and principal compensation (many of which are some version of merit pay), but what economic role might these plans actually play? First, whether we like it or not, economic incentiv...

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