Today is National Teacher Day. What better way to show appreciation for a job well done than a salary increase?
California Governor Schwarzenegger wants to pay teachers based on job performance. As Cato Institute education policy analyst Marie Gryphon articulates in this article for the Orange County Register, merit pay merits attention. To succeed, merit pay must be coupled with school choice. "School choice and merit pay are the twin beacons of market-based reform . . . Merit pay will prod teachers toward excellence, and parents, through their choices, will show school administrators what merit should mean," Gryphon explains. For more on merit pay, see http://www.cato.org/dailys/05-22-01.html.