Going back to my initial assertion: The teachers that I know do not want more money. They feel they are fairly compensated, despite being compensated at a relatively low rate compared to the private sector. The teachers that I know only want to be fairly evaluated. Going back to my "Doctor" analogy, please explain to me how it is rational to pin a child's cognitive abilities, aptitude, level of interest, motivation, English proficiency and behavior entirely on a third-grade teacher who only sees him 7 hours per day, 180 days per year? You really think the impact that teacher has is going to outweigh the influence of the child's drop-out parents who work in a factory? There is a reason that the children of educated individuals achieve much higher scores on standardized tests: they are expected to do so by their parents.