A Day’s Work for a Day’s Wage

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from TPPF,

What to Know: Teachers’ groups are in Austin protesting the inclusion of merit pay provisions in school finance bills.

“Several hundred public school teachers and their supporters descended upon the Capitol on Monday to push for more state education funding and higher teacher pay that isn’t linked to students’ performance on state standardized tests,” the Austin American-Statesman reports. “The biennial rally coincides with spring break for most Texas school districts. This year’s event comes as the Legislature has made school finance and teacher pay priorities for the session.”

The TPPF take: Merit pay is key to ensuring that Texas school-kids receive the best education possible.

“The quality of our classroom teachers is the most important in-school factor that affects student success,” says TPPF’s Kara Belew. “The more effective teachers that Texas can place and retain in classrooms, the better for students and the state. Evidence of the effectiveness of merit pay programs is available from Dallas ISD’s Teacher Excellence Initiative. Under TEI, teachers’ salaries are based on student achievement, student experience and teacher performance. And it’s working.”

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