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October 14, 2009


E David

Merit pay initiatives take for granted that teachers are motivated by money. What if Duncan and Rhee could find other ways to reward teachers? What if they asked teachers what would motivate them?

For instance, what about rewarding teachers who serve at high-needs schools for x amount of years with a paid six-month fellowship for academic study?

Teaching is a unique career. Simple financial gain may not be the strongest motivator for good teachers.

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