The fourth book in the Mackinac Center school management series, this primer examines the most important input into the educational system that schools can control -- teachers. The primer assesses the impact of teacher quality on student performance and examines how teacher quality can be improved in Michigan. Reforms suggested by the author are immediately available to local school boards or could be achieved through relatively modest changes to state law.

Radio

About this audio file: On June 18, 2008, Marc Holley, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center and a doctoral fellow in public policy at the University of Arkansas, was a guest on "The Frank Beckmann Show" on WJR 760AM. Holley discussed his primer on teacher quality, which, among other things, addresses new approaches to teacher compensation. Holley also discussed competition among schools. The interview is 4 minutes and 2 seconds.

Video

About this video file: Marc Holley, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center, was the speaker at the Mackinac Center's June 18 Issues & Ideas Forum. Holley discussed the findings in his Teacher Quality Primer, which in part addresses how best to handle teacher compensation. Holley also discussed competition among schools. The speech is under 40 minutes.

About this video file: Marc Holley, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center, was the speaker at the Mackinac Center's June 18 Issues & Ideas Forum. This file is a quicktime presentation of his Powerpoint presentation during that speech.



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Merit Pay

About this audio file: On Oct. 10, 2008, Patrick Wright, Mackinac Center Senior Legal Analyst, and Tom Watkins, former superintendent of public instruction for the state of Michigan and current president and chief executive officer of TDW and Associates, discussed the new policy brief "A Merit-Pay Pilot Program for Michigan Public Schools" on WILS-AM in Lansing. The brief was coauthored by Wright and Mackinac Center adjunct fellow Marc Holley. The interview is 12 minutes and 33 seconds.

About this video file: On Oct. 7, 2008, the Mackinac Center hosted an education forum on the topic of "A Merit-Pay Pilot Program for Michigan Public Schools." The forum speakers were Tom Watkins, former Michigan state superintendent of public instruction, Patrick Wright, senior legal analyst at the Mackinac Center, and Matthew Carr, education policy director at the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions. Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman emceed the event. The speech is 28 minutes and 23 seconds.

   

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