Throughout the debate over Proposition 2 — the teacher merit pay law — the New Plymouth School District has emerged as the proponents' poster child.
In a guest opinion, superintendent Ryan Kerby credits his districts pay for performance plan with helping to improve student scores on reading and standardized tests.
Writes Kerby, in a guest opinion: "Our children deserve to have a touch of free enterprise mixed into the compensation system for their educators. Allow teachers a little skin in the game for affecting student achievement. Proposition 2 only slightly adjusts the educational pay system, but it will have a major, positive impact on student learning over time. With Proposition 2, teachers’ pay this year will be based approximately 95 percent on the system we’ve used for many years, experience and education, and 5 percent on improving student performance."
Here's a link to the full guest opinion.