So now teachers have an incentive to give every kid in the class an A+ and mark them present when they cut classes. Why? Because if they do that, the teachers get a big fat bonus for their merit pay. I have a great idea. How about Obama gives me a job where i just tell him I'm doing the job and just like the teachers, i will oversee my own work and he pays me for what i tell him i did! /sarcasm off This teachers merit pay is going to be a big downward spiral too, because the honest teachers are going to get kids who didnt do any work but the last teacher still gave them A's so the next teacher has to either catch the kid up on his previous grade so she can get the "merit pay" that year, or she will just have to lie like the last teacher and give him all A's and the downward spiral continues. Merit pay for teachers is just throwing money away. We already spend more on education than almost every other country...if we do not have the smartest kids now, it isnt going to happen by throwing more money into it.