I have no problem with merit pay, infact AZ has merit pay bonuses already. I have a problem with using the tests to do it.
In AZ every school has to submit a plan with goals to be met. part of that plan has to be linked to the tests, but the rest of it can be linked to other more realistic indicators of student learning.
No I do not plan on seeing any of that money. I am in AZ we are already a red state and I live north of I40. being North of I40 means we are forgotten about most of the time. I wonder, the money went to teachers in major metropolitan areas, are schools in rural Ohio not making the increases, or are there more voters in the cities? Isn't Ohio a major campaign state? I'm with NEA on this one; strange timing.