It’s been demonstrated that teacher quality is the key factor in student success, and paying teachers more is an effective way to get more talented people into the classroom. My friend, Zeke Vanderhoek, started a charter school that manages to pay teachers $125,000 a year on the budget of a normal school. Not surprisingly, his school has great teachers and outstanding outcomes. We should reduce layers of administration in schools and apply the money to pay teachers at higher levels, particularly those who have proven track records and results.
Problems to be Solved
- Teacher salaries in this country are too low to incentivize potential teachers with great skill but other options
- Teachers don’t have a strong monetary incentive to continually improve their craft
As President, I will…
- Work with states to fund their educational systems to improve teacher salaries and reduce layers of administration, leading to better educational outcomes