When many schools can't even afford books for their students and are laying off staff left and right (except administrators of course) Obama's choice to run the nations education system, Arne Duncan, straight from the super high performing Chicago Public School system (w/ its 50% drop out rate) thinks we should increase teacher's STARTING salary to $60K.
Has he even been inside a school before or actually talked to teachers? It certainly doesn't sound like it.
The idea of basing salary off of STUDENT's performance on standardized tests is stupid. What you get then is teachers teaching the test as too many students just don't care. Many schools have 'integrated' classrooms w/ the idea that the lower performing students will get help from the higher performing ones. What happens instead is that the teacher has to teach to the lowest common denominator or risk getting criticized for too many low grades and/or spending more time on BD/LD/ED issues rather than instructing.
You have good teachers and crappy teachers. Good students and crappy students. Good parents and crappy parents and good administrators and crappy administrators. The more of those good ones you have, the better the students will perform. It doesn't matter how much money you throw at them. Too many of the crappy ones and you'll get crappy performance, whether you pay the teacher $100k or not.