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Prof. Kraft Publishes NY Times Op-Ed on Teacher Pay

June 13, 2019

Associate Professor of Education and William T. Grant Scholar Matthew Kraft is no stranger to studying teacher effectiveness and environments, including professional growth and school working conditions. In his latest op-ed piece, "What Will Teacher Raises Buy Students?," Kraft reviews the proposals of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates that have made teacher pay a major campaign issue and offers that the teaching profession could be elevated by more than an across-the-board teacher salary increase that the federal budget cannot pay for. Kraft, citing research that higher salaries do not closely relate to performance, instead suggests that higher minimum salaries for new teachers and bonuses for teaching hard subjects and at struggling schools could have more targeted and sustainable results. In addition, Kraft requests that the presidential candidates prioritize teachers' working conditions, stating, "Higher pay alone won’t keep strong teachers in schools with poor leadership and insufficient resources."