Investigates the pay-for-performance concept as it has been applied to the teaching profession. Following a discussion of the controversy surrounding the concept and union backed alternatives, Dr. Gene Geisert takes a look at the nation's most comprehensive merit pay plan in Farifax County, Virginia.
The Fairfax plan was instituted less than two years ago and its historic endeavors have attracted the attention of Ronald Reagan. Being in its infancy, information about the plan and its effectiveness is still scarce. However, in preparing for his article, Dr. Geisert was able to interview Fairfax County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Spillane, creator of this merit pay plan, and provide Review readers with an inside look at its progress.