ON-Lion Letter
Most of us have had at least one amazing teacher who inspired, influenced, or encouraged us to do better, aim higher, or just be more confident.  However, most of us have also had at least one teacher whose lackluster performance in the classroom contributed to an academic setback.

In a new book from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research's Center for State and Local Leadership (CSLL), Teachers Matter:  Rethinking How Public Schools Identify, Reward, and Retain Great TeachersMarcus A. Winters argues that our failure to identify and reward high-quality teachers has been devastating for public-school students.

Winters is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

In Teachers Matter, Winters shows the shortcomings of the current system, which relies on credentials and longevity, and spells out a series of reforms based on results achieved in the classroom.  For the first time, standardized-test results offer an objective, reliable measure of student proficiency that can be tied to an individual teacher.

Sure to be controversial, Winters' plan will be of interest to the education community, policymakers, and parents concerned about the future of education in America.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Manhattan Institute's CSLL.
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