The president takes on unions, backs teacher merit pay in new plan
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday embraced a new approach to public education that adds up to merit pay for the better teachers and longer days and school years for students.
These proposals, which constitute the new president's vision of an education system that meets 21st century challenges, were sure to generate loud criticism, particularly from teachers' unions.
Educators oppose charter schools because they divert tax dollars away from traditional public schools. Merit-based systems for teachers have been anathema to teachers' unions, a powerful force in Obama's Democratic Party.
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The good: rewarding better teachers, more money for charter schools, more money for early education.
The bad: reauthorizing NCLB, more time in school.
More time in school won't solve problems. We need better teachers, better facilities, better curricula. More time in the classroom takes time away from jobs and extracurriculars.