According to the new pay structure proposal, teachers will receive salary increases based on classroom monitoring and student performance, rather than advanced degrees and years spent teaching.
Perdue argued that reforming the salary structure would help attract brighter teachers to the school system. The new pay structure will begin in 2014.
Perdue also discussed his IE2 law, or Investing in Educational Excellence, which enables school systems to petition for increased flexibility in spending state money in return for a commitment to increasing performance.
According to the AJC, Perdue cautioned against education compromises that merely “nibble around the edges” and concluded that he wished to leave Georgia in better shape than it was when he began.
Did Perdue achieve his goal of improving Georgia schools? Comments on an AJC “Get Schooled” blog post were mostly negative.