Great Nevada Teachers Should Get Great Salaries

Patrick Gibbons

Outstanding teachers who can deliver outstanding student-learning gains could soon be earning six-figure salaries, say the authors of a new report, entitled New Millennium Schools.

Dr. Matthew Ladner, vice president at Arizona’s Goldwater Institute and a policy fellow at NPRI, and fellow authors Dr. Gregory Stone and Mark Francis cite research showing that high-quality teachers are 10-20 times more effective in behalf of genuine student achievement than small classrooms.

Nevada could implement this policy without raising taxes. Just use money reserved for classroom size reduction and those meaningless teacher bonuses that are based on number of education degrees – rather than how much a student learns.

What’s your thinking? Should teachers be paid over $100,000 a year if they produce outstanding results?