Bill Gates wants schools to move away from smaller class sizes, seniority-based pay

Nov. 19, 2010
Former Microsoft chairman wants to award teachers that take on larger classes or more difficult schools

From The New York Times: Bill Gates, the founder and former chairman of Microsoft, plans to urge the 50 state superintendents of education to take difficult steps to restructure the nation’s public education budgets, which have come under severe pressure in the economic downturn. He suggests they end teacher pay increases based on seniority and on master’s degrees, which he says are unrelated to teachers’ ability to raise student achievement. He also urges an end to efforts to reduce class sizes. Instead, he suggests rewarding the most effective teachers with higher pay for taking on larger classes or teaching in needy schools.

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