Spring 2001: Vol. 1, No. 1

Defining Merit

How should we pay teachers?

Bear Market

The recent entry of for-profit schools into the K–12 arena is an intriguing trend.

Rewarding Expertise

For most of the century just past, and into the current one, school districts have paid their teachers according to a “single salary schedule,” a pay scheme that bases an individual teacher’s salary on two factors: years of experience (steps) and number of education credits and degrees (lanes).

Let the Market Decide

A 1962 RAND Corporation study on teacher pay described teacher salary schedules in the following way:

Romancing the Child

Curing American education of its enduring belief that learning is natural

Hidden Demand

Who would choose private schools?

Changing the Profession

How choice would affect teachers

Deconstructing RAND

Improving Student Achievement: What NAEP State Test Scores Tell Us by David W. Grissmer et al.


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