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NEA Change of Heart on Merit Pay?

Speaking to members of the National Education Association (NEA) at their annual meeting, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged union members to consider the idea of linking teacher pay to student achievement- www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-07-02-teacher-pay_N.htm?obref=obinsite  Surprisingly, Duncan’s comments were met with what USA Today reported as “raucous applause and only a smattering of boos.” I think this is pretty big news. Both the NEA and the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) have been incredibly resistant to this idea. I don’t want to read to much into this, but could their response be a sign that the NEA is in the midst of an ideological shift regarding their stance on teacher merit pay. Or could it be that they see the writing on the wall that big reform is coming, like it or not, and it might be more advantageous to sit at the table and help decide what it’s going to look like than to continue to fight a battle that they will inevitably lose. 

What do you think?