Most Americans do NOT want more federal interference in states’ education policies. But they DO want merit pay for teachers.
Cato’s Neal McCluskey reports in the latest edition of School Reform News that a new Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll indicates “seven in 10 Americans say a teacher should be paid ‘on the basis of his or her work.'”
Also, there’s been a sharp rise in support for tying teacher pay to test scores — from 60 percent in 2000 to 73 percent in the latest poll.
Adding to the impressiveness of these results is the fact that PDK in its release of the poll included “vignettes from teachers union leaders and other education establishment voices,” according to comments given to McCluskey by Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform.