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10 Mar 2009 21:23

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U.S.: Obama’s making teachers unions all angry with this “merit pay” talk

  • What he wants to do

    Barack Obama suggested these changes to the country’s educational system today:

    1. He wants to tie teachers’ pay to their performance; if their students rock it in the classroom, they get paid more.

    2. He wants to increase the length of the school year. But what about summer camp, dude?! Summer camp rules!

    3. He wants more nontraditional charter schools. Why not, right?

  • Ruffling feathers respectfully Obama doesn’t seem afraid to take on those who disagree with him. “Too many supporters of my party have resisted the idea of rewarding excellence in teaching with extra pay,” he said, “even though we know it can make a difference in the classroom.” Despite the anger over the message, teachers unions liked the fact that he appears to be willing to compromise on the issue, unlike Bush. source