I would like to thank Ryan Olson for his guidance, support
and insight. Several peer reviewers generously gave us
the benefit of their expertise and meticulously examined a draft of this
publication: my thanks to Sandra Stotsky, Dan Goldhaber, Patrick Wolf and
Barbara Ruga. This primer reflects the insights and assistance of others as
well, including an important legal analysis of the constitutionality of merit
pay in Michigan by Mackinac Center Senior Legal Analyst Patrick Wright.
I would also like to thank Gary
Ritter, Jay Greene, Bob Costrell, Matthew Carr and, of course, Taylor Holley.
The final version of this document reflects many of their fine suggestions and
is the better for it, but I remain solely responsible for any errors that
remain. I am also grateful to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Michael
Jahr, Hannah Mead and Daniel Montgomery for their many fine efforts on this
Finally, I want to thank the
Mackinac Center for Public Policy for its support of, and interest in, this