|Yeah: We can all agree with that.|
It was a pretty cool ad: all about merit pay and "rewarding good teachers" and even threw in a little bit of cleavage--a bid to appeal to the "horny vote," I suppose.
Supporters of Issue 2 and Senate Bill 5, of course, hope to baboozle you with a little boobage. They want you to believe the law is designed to REWARD Ohio educators for superior performance.
What they don't want you to do is look past the attractive model--because the history of "merit pay" hasn't been very good.
A decade ago, for example, the State of Ohio began promising "great teachers" bonuses if they went through an arduous process and won "National Board Certification." Some of the best and the brightest applied; but only a fraction of those who submitted materials won this prestigous award.
Then they settled back to collect their $25,000 bonuses, paid over ten years.
Unfortunately, the State soon ran into budget problems. So? The boys up in Columbus announced that the money wasn't there and the bonus part of the plan would have to be scrapped. That's what we call "Bernie Madoff Merit Pay."
Think it can't happen again? Of course it can.
Texas just gutted it's entire merit pay plan, citing deficit issues. Funds for "rewarding" the great teachers were slashed from $392 million to $40 million, headed for zero soon. New York City had a $56 million dollar merit pay plan; but when no one could offer proof that merit pay actually improved schools, that plan was scrapped. Atlanta and Washington, D. C. public schools bet heavily on merit pay to "improve" test scores and ended up with rampant cheating, instead.
If you vote "yes" on Issue 2, because you don't want to pay higher taxes, that makes sense and if that's your sole focus you have every right.
|Don't be a boob.|
Vote "No" on Issue 2.