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Obama: student-performance-based teacher pay


Obama Navigates Merit Pay Issue

’08 Democrat Wins Plaudits for Challenging Democratic Orthodoxy

November 20, 2007

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., appears to have carefully threaded the needle on the contentious issue of merit pay: his proposal to reward teachers based on student performance, which he unveiled Tuesday in New Hampshire, was praised by education reform advocates while being cautiously welcomed by the head of an influential teachers’ union.
“Where they do succeed,” Obama said of teachers, “I think it’s time we rewarded them for it.”
“Cities like Denver have already proven that by working with teachers, this can work,” Obama continued. “That we can find new ways to increase pay that are developed with teachers, not imposed on them and not just based on an arbitrary test score.”
Obama’s willingness to boost teacher pay based on performance separates him from his Democratic rivals, including Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who supports school-based, rather than individual teacher-based, merit pay. The broader political significance of his unorthodox proposal is that it gives him an opportunity to buttress his argument that he is the Democrat best positioned to bring people together for purposes of challenging the status quo.

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