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The Chasm Spanning Public and Private Schools Continues in a COVID-19 Era

There was a stark difference between public and private schools in how they handled the launch of the school year in mid-August to early September as a response to COVID-19. The situation is no different as 2020 comes to a close. Half of all U.S. public schools are closed either entirely or partially, as opposed to private schools who scrambled last summer to open on day one of their scheduled school year and have remained in full operation since. Read More ›
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The Teacher Pay Debate (Part 3): Implementing Incentives

The U.S. can't afford to continue to increase teacher pay in accordance with an ineffective, outdated compensation model. It's time to financially incentivize teachers who are high-performing, willing to work twelve months, and serve in high demand areas and subjects. Read More ›
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The Teacher Pay Debate (Part 2): Examining Teacher Pay

Before jumping on the increase-teacher-pay bandwagon, several factors influencing teacher pay need to be understood. These include the seniority-based salary calculation system, the nine-month work year, and the higher demand for expertise in technical subjects. Read More ›
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The Teacher Pay Debate (Part 1): Why the Debate?

How can we pay teachers more? The premise of the question is teachers are not adequately paid, a frequently heard argument. But what is the reality? Read More ›
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Why Do Singapore Students Outperform the Rest of the World?

Research reveals that the most significant influence on student academic achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. Singapore has the highest performing children in the world. Is it possible they have the best teachers? What is Singapore doing dramatically different that the U.S. can emulate? Read More ›
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Factory Model Education Ignores Varied Learning Readiness

Take 25 adults the same age, from a range of different backgrounds, into an Apple Store and give them the same amount of time to learn the same device with the same directions. Obviously, learning outcomes will vary. Why do we ignore this reality for K-12 students? Read More ›
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Preparing to Reopen Schools

The American Enterprise Institute just released its Blueprint for Back to School report, recommending that state and federal leaders be prepared for another atypical school year by offering regulatory flexibility regarding seat time, graduation requirements, and procurement rules to permit schools to remain operational in unprecedented circumstances. Read More ›
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WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY - October 11, 2018: A closeup view of a hotel property on a Monopoly board game, circa 1980s.
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Eliminate the Education Monopoly

Laws that mandated the hiring of only certified teachers gave schools of education monopoly control over the supply of human capital entering our public schools. Like any monopoly, over time the business of certifying teachers became bureaucratized, bloated, inefficient, and ineffective. According to Program Chair, Don Nielsen, “Today, there are over 1,400 schools that are licensed to grant teacher certifications and the spectrum of quality between the best and the worst is substantial.” The state of Idaho has recognized the bureaucratized and bloated monopoly and has crafted legislation that would scale back teacher certification requirements. House Bill 599, in essence, will lessen the strangle hold of public education institutions over teacher certifications. The purpose statement of 599 explains that “the Read More ›

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The Myth of the Teacher Pay Gap

Teachers are not underpaid; they are underemployed. Almost everyone, including legislators, agree that teachers do not make enough money. But why are they not working as much as other occupations? Teacher compensation comes in two types: base compensation, which is the pay that all teachers receive, and incentive compensation, which results from additional training or on-the-job performance. In almost all states, teacher pay is driven by a salary schedule based on years of service and academic credits obtained. Nothing in the compensation system rewards teaching excellence. This type of structured compensation system was installed in the 1920s “to ensure equal treatment for all.” No other profession operates this way. The current teacher compensation system is broken and needs to be Read More ›