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What makes a great teacher? Jeb Bush says he has some answers

In an op-ed piece appearing in today's Sun-Sentinel, Florida's former "education governor" Jeb Bush writes that effective teaching can overcome the obstacles to education. The goal, he states, is to find the most effective teachers.

How to get them?

"The principles of reform are simple.

Teachers should be evaluated and compensated based on how much their students learn and teachers whose students learn more should earn more.

To attract individuals from the private sector with the skills in high-demand subjects, such as math and science, those teaching positions should pay more.

Teaching in a high-poverty school is more challenging than teaching in an affluent suburban school. To attract great teachers to our toughest challenges, teachers who work in high-poverty schools should earn more. That's our best hope of closing the achievement gap."

Sounds a lot like the pitch has begun for a renewed effort in favor of something like Senate Bill 6, doesn't it? Question: Are Jeb's ideas, which are gaining a foothold across the country, really that off base? Discuss amongst yourselves after reading the entire piece.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:02am]

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