Get rid of bad teachers, pay the good ones more
That's the basic finding of a new Associated Press-Stanford University poll.
The AP reports that 78 percent of those surveyed think it should be easier to get rid of poor performing teachers. Meanwhile, 57 percent said teachers are paid too little.
The connection was clear to one respondent, Carmen Williams, who told the AP: "Good teachers are hard to find, and one of the reasons they are hard to find is because they're not paid enough to support themselves, especially if they have a family. There are very good teachers out there, but there comes a day when they need to retire and they don't and what happens at that point is the kids suffer."
New York City schools announced this week that they're doing their part by changing the way teachers earn their tenure, the NY Times reports:
"Under guidelines released Monday, principals are directed to base their decisions on an elaborate system that measures teachers’ success in and outside the classroom, including student performance on standardized tests. The principals then have to explain their recommendation in three paragraphs."