Americans for Prosperity – Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is taking a much needed free-market position on education reform

Today in the New York Times we were happy to read that Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is taking a much needed free-market position on education reform. His proposed merit based pay system for teachers is a proven market-based design that works everywhere from corporate America to the restaurant business.

Mr. Romney insists that the current pay structure for teachers fails to meet new challenges facing the country, especially the need to produce more scientists and engineers. That is why critical parts of the plan, he said, are giving every student a laptop and recruiting new teachers for math and science.

“I’m looking for change, and I’ll spend money for change on the potential that it’ll make a difference,” he said. “If something doesn’t work, we’ll try something else. But you can’t keep spending more money the same way and expect different results. That’s the definition of crazy.”

Merit pay is a simple and sound idea. Reward people for teaching better – you will get better teachers. It works in other professions, why not teaching?

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