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Opinion: Quality teachers have nothing to fear from performance-based pay

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration on Dec. 13 will release a report detailing teacher perceptions on performance based pay, says a columnist for Yahoo! News. According to a review of the report by the Columbus Dispatch, most teachers who responded to the administration’s query feel that student progress if the best indication of teacher effectiveness but are still fearful of merit based pay. It is saddening that only 1,400 Ohio public school educators took advantage of the opportunity to be a part of the Kasich administration’s invitation to become involved in the process of improving education in the state. Quality teachers have nothing to fear and everything to gain from a performance based pay system. Even though Ohio Issue 2 failed at the ballot box, a streamlined approach to teacher evaluations must be in place by the 2013-14 school year. The Ohio Department of Education has developed a model that public school districts can adopt, but they may also establish their own performance review policy, according to the Dispatch. The new rating system will label teachers proficient, accomplished, developing or ineffective…

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