Obama supports longer day, merit pay for teachers
In a speech this morning, President Barack Obama said he supported extra pay for "excellence in the classroom," an idea that has been opposed by some teachers' unions.
Obama said he also suggested that teachers who aren't performing well in the classroom shouldn't be there, according to an Associated Press story.
The remarks, made to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, were part of his first major talk on education and are expected to start a round of criticism from some unions.
The AP also reported that the president said school districts shouldn't put a cap on the number of charter schools that can open in their districts and needed to think about a longer school day and school year.
Some school systems in Maryland have offered merit pay to teachers who chose to teach in low performing schools, but I am not aware of any school system that has seriously considered a longer school day or school year.
While charters are common in Baltimore, applications to open charters in Harford and Frederick counties have been blocked by the school boards there.