February 27, 2019      5:11 PM
Grusendorf: Merit Pay - A Fool’s Errand?
Former House Public Education Committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf says “everyone should acknowledge one obvious truth –incentives do matter”
Texans, we have a problem. According to the recent Texas Commission on Public School
Finance report, only one in six Texas high school graduates are college
ready as determined by SAT and ACT test scores.
Sadly, of the Texas high school graduates who go on to college, 40%
big question is: what is the appropriate solution? Lt. Gov. Dan
Patrick is suggesting a $5,000 across-the-board teacher pay raise. The
Texas Commission on School Finance report suggests adding various incentives
into the system. Although both are laudable attempts, neither approach will
likely result in the desired outcomes, nor will either benefit kids in the long
of these approaches addresses the system’s underlying structural problem.
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By Kent Grusendorf