I think we can all agree that spending more money on anything won't help if it's spent badly. Duh.
And I laughed at this:
Oh, yeah, if there's one thing unions hate, it's more money for teachers...
What Hanushek and the rest of the reformy crowd refuse to do is see their argument through to the end:
- We should pay the best teachers more.
- All kids need a great teacher.
And then they're silent. But I'll finish it for them: we need to raise the overall payroll of teachers to improve their overall quality. Otherwise, we'll just have a few "good" teachers at the top who take money away from the "bad" teachers making less at the bottom.
That is unless Hanushek has figured out a way to decide which students get the "good" teachers, and which get the "bad" ones. Good luck with selling that to the PTA, Eric!