A $235,000 Bonus for a Master’s Degree?

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John Sullivan’s letter to the editor excerpted below is interesting, informative and the facts he reveals are troubling. For fun, check his post later in the day for entertainment purposes to read comments from hysterical teachers who will continue to demonstrate the need for complete school reform.

I would like to address the practice of giving salary increases to teachers who acquire a master’s degree. Now, studies show that additional education on the part of the teacher does not produce any improvement in student test scores.

In other words, students of teachers without a master’s do just as well as students of teachers who do have a master’s degree. However, a study should not really be necessary. It is just common sense that someone who has four years of high school and four years of college should have enough education to teach arithmetic to a ten-year-old.

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