Merit-pay rumble in D.C.
Maybe it's no surprise that a couple of education heavyweights went at it over teacher performance pay this week, but it probably is a surprise, especially here in Florida, that Democratic U.S. Rep. George Miller (left) is in the corner that favors it. Miller chairs the House education committee; is one of the architects of No Child Left Behind; and is lefty enough to be called a "liberal Democratic lion" by the San Francisco Chronicle. You'd think, given Florida teacher frustration with STAR, MAP and merit-pay in general, that somebody like Miller would be on their side, no?
But no. According to a Sept. 12 Associated Press account, Miller criticized Reg Weaver (right), the president of the National Education Association, for rejecting a merit-pay proposal that's included in the draft of an updated No Child. The proposal says outstanding teachers should be able to get bonuses worth up to $10,000, based in part on student test scores. To see the AP story, click here. To see the New York Times story that also references the exchange, click here . And to read up on Miller's recent visit to Tampa with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, click here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter