Through his Education Committee position, Kline has promoted the belief that teachers aren't doing their jobs well. He's even gone so far as to introduced a bill that would establish a 'Teacher Incentive Fund', seed money if you will, for states and schools to reward teachers for improving student academic achievement.
In Kline's own words he wants to:
Like John Kline's other educational suggestions, it's smoke and mirrors but not much in the way of substance and facts. Kline has called publically to decrease spending for unproven educational mandate from the government. But he must be making exceptions if they fall into his ideology of more charter schools, busting teacher unions, or establishing teacher merit pay.
"Challenging economic times are not the time for new and expensive experiments that siphon funds from existing programs and impose massive, unfunded mandates on state and local school officials"Kline would have you believe that instead of fully funding schools, effectiveness and accountability of teachers is the corner stone to your children's eduction. Part of that equation is advocating against teacher unions while promoting merit pay. However a thorough study came out this week with the research to completely debunk his notion. Education Week published a story Tuesday headlined “Merit Pay Found to Have Little Effect on Achievement.”
Vanderbilt University’s National Center on Performance Issues conducted the teacher compensation study. Researchers followed nearly 300 middle school mathematics teachers in Nashville, Tenn. to evaluate the hypothesis. On average, students taught by teachers taking part in the program did not make larger academic gains than those taught by teachers in the normal wage group.