Early childhood investments among economist's suggestions on how to fix public schools

KALAMAZOO - Kalamazoo Gazette columnist Julie Mack recently published a column that included a list of ways to fix the public schools by Tim Bartik, an economist for the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Among Bartik's conclusions:

"What should be done? If were a dictator, I would do the following: (1) Universal preschool; (2) Increase straight teacher salaries significantly, to make the profession more attractive; (3) Dramatically change teacher salary schedules, with big jumps for getting tenure, and big jumps for agreeing to be a supervisory consulting teacher who works part-time during the school year or summer with other teachers and helps evaluate other teachers, and with jumps for becoming a National Board certified teacher, and with smaller jumps for years of service, and with much smaller jumps for educational credentials unless they are shown to be associated with improved performance."

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