May 16, 2016

Practically everyone wants to raise teacher pay. So the question is: What kind of teacher raise?

Here’s what the voters think. They want teachers paid on performance, not experience or across the board.

Asked about how to raise teacher pay in our recent poll, 52% of voters backed raises based on student success and teacher performance, 24% chose raises based on experience and the number of years teaching with the longest serving teachers getting the largest raises, and 18% want across the board raises.

In addition, 69% of voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate supporting a $2,500 performance bonus for the top 25% of our best-performing teachers, while only 17% would be less likely to vote for that candidate.

Clearly, the public wants to see results from new spending on public schools. Instead of just throwing more money at the problem, the conservative majority ought to raise teacher pay based on performance. It’s good policy and good politics.