Merit pay may be gaining traction, observes Edspresso, citing this story on Illinois teachers’ unions surprisingly ho-hum response to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s proposal to tie teacher pay to student performance.
Leaders with the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers — which together represent more than 210,000 educators — say they could support tying pay to classroom performance … if pay is not tied to test scores alone;
… if local teachers have a hand in designing the salary deal;
… and if it doesn’t shortchange teachers in schools dogged by poverty, high drop-out rates or violence.
“We’re not opposed to exploring this if it’s done in a way we believe gives our people a voice in the process,” Illinois Education Association President Ken Swanson said..
“Not opposed” is a rousing endorsement by past standards.