All 575 teachers in a California school district are Teachers of the Year, reports the San Luis Obispo Tribune. “We all help children in our own special way,” said Branden Leach, a teachers’ union leader.
Teachers refused to select a single “teacher of the year” to protest Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan for merit pay for exemplary teachers. “We decided that choosing one among us as the best is similar to merit pay,” Leach said.
Blogging at Reason’s Out of Control, Lisa Snell says this explains why smart people will reject teaching careers.