Pop quiz. Name the one American profession in which workers get almost no rewards for a job well done; that’s having the toughest time attracting and keeping the best and brightest people, just as it faces an unprecedented demand for new hires; and in which the quality of the worker determines, more than any other, whether or not our young people excel.
The profession is teaching. And that’s why Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s call to usher California’s schools into the modern era with performance-based pay for teachers is the right reform at the right time.
Lance Izumi of Pacific Research likes the governor’s proposals for rewarding good teachers and firing bad ones.
Designing a merit pay system that’s accepted as fair is quite difficult.