Spring 2001: Vol. 1, No. 1

Defining Merit

How should we pay teachers?

The Private Can Be Public

During the 1999–2000 school year, public school districts spent some $35 billion on goods and services provided by private, for-profit businesses—about 10 percent of the nation’s annual K–12 education budget.

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


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