Pay for Performance

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The nation was watching when voters in Colorado this week approved a controversial plan to create a new system for setting teacher's salaries. Instead of doing it at the bargaining table, the pay would be set by principals based on an instructor’s performance.

The GOP chair of the senate education committee in Lansing says the issue should be reviewed in Michigan, but the head of the state's largest teacher's union rejects the merit pay scheme.

Former Gov. John Engler tried to introduce a bonus program for successful teachers, but the teacher's unions rejected it then, and the Michigan Education Association president says his group would reject it again if lawmakers try to follow Colorado's lead.