The Washington Post

A fourth grade charter New Orleans school teacher won a $43,056 bonus because her students' scores skyrocketed at a school with a "D" state rating. But there's more.

This is an excerpt from a book called "Educational Courage," which profiles people working in support of public education against a tide of school reform that has turned out to be more destructive than helpful. It tells the story of a teacher who came to recognize how corporate-based reform was affecting what he did in the classroom and how he stopped a merit pay program at his school.

A cognitive scientist explains why what sounds good really isn't.