Ohio Adopts Merit-Based Pay System for Teachers

The big story out of Ohio over the weekend is that teacher pay is now being linked to performance evaluations, a change that comes under the state’s new collective bargaining law. This pay-for-performance model is the first of its kind in the country, and eliminates salary schedules and step increases for the 110,000 public school teachers in Ohio.

The move is met with criticism from teacher groups, who say the law would tie teacher pay to factors that are not within their control. The precedent for this pay model also doesn’t bode well for its success. Similar plans in Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, New York and other areas have failed to achieve the kind of academic success they had hoped.  

Read the full story here. What do you think about a merit-based pay system? Is this a good thing? Bad? Is it inevitable?