merit pay for teachers?

H. 3002 is a bill to reform how we fund education in South Carolina. There is a provision that allows the State Department of Education to establish a merit pay system in place of the current step program.

The bill was amended last week to require a study committee of teacher’s to provide a report back to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance by Dec. 1.

Dr. Mick Zais, SC Education Superintendent, has advocated for a merit pay system that includes some measure of performance as a way of compensating teachers.

If we do establish a performance pay scale for teachers, I doubt very seriously if the legislature is the appropriate entity to create such a system. I’d rather either the Department or the local school districts make these guidelines.

While we’re waiting on the SC House to debate this bill, I’d like to see what other states have done in this area before the Senate takes up H. 3002.