Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has given every indication for the last year that he wanted to change how teachers are paid by going to a merit pay program.  (This is what the RAISE Act is calling performance pay.)

Like the RAISE bill does, Deal wanted to abolish the current system where pay is based on experience and advanced degrees and use scores on standardized tests to evaluate teachers.

He put together an “education reform commission” headed by a former University of Georgia president that recommended merit pay.

However, Deal caught a lot of folks off guard in his recent “state of the state” speech when he unexpectedly said they should take a least another year to study the commission recommendations more thoroughly.

Needless to say, when the education community got wind of what the governor was planning they wasted no time in telling their side of the story.  House Speaker David Ralston, a Democrat from north Georgia, was not convinced the governor was going in the right direction.  “I’m troubled by how you quantity and measure and get to the point that the concept wants to get at,” he said.

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And someone might suggest to Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh that he give Governor Deal a call.