It seems Obama is going to put his head in the lions mouth and go head-to-head with the Teachers Union by supporting merit pay.
"Too many supporters of my party have resisted the idea of rewarding excellence in teaching with extra pay, even though we know it can make a difference in the classroom," he said, delivering the first major education speech of his presidency. "Too many in the Republican Party have opposed new investments in early education, despite compelling evidence of its importance."
He also supported charter schools but no word about school vouchers. The Washington DC voucher program is well liked by the community and actually helps poor children succeed and get ahead. It should be the model of the education reform that Obama wants.