"In K-12 education, we submit, greed can be good, albeit ugly." (Fordham's Finn and Hess)9 good arguments against "merit" pay, including:
The best teachers are already working incredibly long hours, and there’s no evidence that extra pay will make them work harder or smarter—or that it will motivate mediocre teachers to improve. Quite the contrary: Merit pay will steer all too many teachers toward low-level test preparation. (Kim Marshall at Edweek)Closing small Jersey schools
"I commute 1 1/2 hours one way every day, just to live in Fieldon where our son will one day be able to attend a small school," Braundmeier said.
"Not once have we said we were closing the schools," board member Angie Cory said. "It's very difficult for us to see you in tears or hear your children have come home crying because they heard their school was going to be closed. Looking at closing the schools was just one of the options under consideration." (Jerseyville Telegraph)