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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”

Fellow 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% require remediation.

The 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 term.

Neither of these approaches addresses the system’s underlying structural problem.

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By Kent Grusendorf

February 12, 2019      2:48 PM

Grusendorf: 9 billion!

Former Texas House Public Education Committee Chairman Grusendorf asks the following about new money for schools: “How will those dollars be distributed? What will Texas students gain in return?”

A huge bag of new money is being put on the table for public education.  That is the signal currently coming from state leadership.

Many in the school community are absolutely giddy.  Nine billion dollars, as suggested by house leadership, in new money for education would set an all-time record for increased education spending.  Actually, both the house or senate budget estimates would establish a new record for increased education spending. 

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By Kent Grusendorf