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Judging Teachers with Merit Based Pay (Guest: Will Flanders)

October 9, 2018

Janus v. AFSCME allowed school districts to pay their teachers more. The effects of higher pay and merit based pay are examined.

Will Flanders, research director at Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) and Lennie Jarratt, project manager here are Heartland, discuss WILL’s latest study on how ACT 10 increased student test scores across the state of Illinois, specifically increasing scores in rural, small town, and suburban areas. Urban area test scores remained neutral. The fears of ACT 10 opponents were unfounded, showing students have not been harmed by teacher retirements, class sizes have only increased by 0.5 students, and districts can now pay the best teachers more.  Flanders mentioned how ACT 10 results bode well for students across the nation since the Janus v. AFSCME ruling.

Author
Lennie Jarratt is the project manager for the Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland Institute.
ljarratt@heartland.org @LennieJarratt