I've been teaching for 12 years. I think merit pay may be a good idea, but I don't expect to see any of it, as I am a music teacher. I would expect to see most of the money going to the "core" classes (i.e. math, science, history). Nevertheless, would merit pay include all of the committees on which teachers sit? Would it include all of the extra parent meetings we attend? Would it include the time spent before and after school working with students? Would it include the amount of homework I need to bring home to correct?

I disagree with the statement concerning the grading of students. The students' grades are based solely on their effort and desire to succeed. I'm afraid that merit pay for teachers will also be based on the students' effort and desire to succeed. When merit pay will make up for the volunteer hours that teachers are forced to contribute, that will be an exciting improvement to education.

Mark Bishop