Public school teachers; joint subcommittee to study establishing merit pay and bonus system. (HJ161)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Saxman (R-Staunton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; merit pay and bonus system for public school teachers in the Commonwealth. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study the efficacy and appropriateness of establishing a merit pay and bonus system for public school teachers in the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087763712
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/2008Left in Rules


Marsha Maines writes:

The better the educator, the better their pay should be!

VA A., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VEA Opposed

Mr. S writes:

Study away, but I doubt a workable "merit pay" scheme can be devised. Far too many variables between schools, teaching assignments, and on the student side to use test scores as a measure of teacher merit. Most systems tried around the nation have failed because of inequities, because they are fundamentally unworkable, and/or because they were un- or underfunded.

Don Rattz writes:

A teacher's students improve their year over year NAEP test scores by 10%, then give the teacher a 10% year-end bonus. Improve by 50%, give the teacher a 50% bonus. Pretty soon, college graduates with engineering and science degrees will be standing in line to become public school teachers. Public school children will then have a much greater chance in life.