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Educators Debate Pay Changes to Teachers

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LAS VEGAS -- Earlier this week, Governor Brian Sandoval talked about merit pay for teachers who perform well. Now President Barack Obama is echoing that sentiment. But is it fair?

Some teachers in the Clark County School District say it is not, while the Nevada State Education Association supports the performance pay idea.

The NSEA supports performance pay, but says there needs to be a reasonable way to rate the teacher's performance. Teachers like Ann Moody say a lot of factors that make pay based on student performance unfair, one being transient students who bounce from school to school.

"How are we going to do this? How is this going to be done for merit pay? Are we going to take into account for students I've had all year -- the students who came from an enriched family environment that books were a part of their growing up and parents are reading to them and literate in the English language?" she said.

Moody has been teaching for 16 years. She followed in the footsteps of her parents and has a master's degree in special education and early childhood education. Her degree has helped her in her pay scale, but that may soon change with Sandoval's plan.

In the State of the Union Address, President Obama made clear rewarding good teachers is something he supports.

Gary Peck with the NSEA says there needs to be system implemented to make sure performance pay is done right.

"Try to bargain a system that fairly evaluates people, that includes factors that ensure when teachers are evaluated. It's a holistic kind of evaluation that includes, perhaps, test scores and other ways of measuring student performance," he said.

The NSEA says they support performance pay because they feel people should be rewarded for a job well done. Merit pay was just one of the many ideas Governor Sandoval outlined in his education plan that didn't sit well educators. He also floated the idea of ending teacher tenure.

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