Merit Pay Thorny Issue for Obama

Published July 17, 2007

Regarding Ruth Marcus’ July 11 column, “From Barack Obama, Two Dangerous Words”: In fairness, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton uttered two words that National Education Association activists deem almost as dangerous as Obama’s version of merit pay: “charter schools.”

The negative reactions are in line with the NEA’s policy of zero tolerance for school reform. One can only imagine the NEA convention outcry if a presidential candidate invoked the dirtiest word of all–vouchers–in proposing, say, that special-needs students be given publicly financed scholarships to attend private schools that meet their needs.

Robert Holland ([email protected]) is a senior fellow for education policy with The Heartland Institute.