Merit pay for teachers

President Barack Obama this week said it's time to start rewarding good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones. Something I think we all can agree on.

The President went on to say that he favors merit pay for teachers. According to the President, this would mean treating teachers like the professionals they are, while also holding them more accountable.

We agree good teachers should be rewarded more. Now the hard part is deciding how to judge a good teacher. To us it has to be based on more than just test scores. Just because a student performs well on a test, doesn't mean they have developed into a well educated person. No doubt it has to be part of the equation, but other factors need to be considered as well.

Here in Mississippi, according to State Superintendent Hank Bounds, we already face a crisis in our education system with a shortage of some 2500 teachers statewide. So our work is cut out for us on how to recruit quality teachers, keep them in our classrooms and also encourage our young people to go into education as a career.

We agree with President Obama who says that school systems can work with teachers and parents to come up with a system that rewards our best teachers with more pay for their excellence in the classroom.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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