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Duncan: Rewarding Teachers for Master’s Degrees Is Waste of Money

In a speech at an American Enterprise Institute forum on Wednesday, the secretary of education, Arne Duncan, said state and local governments should rethink their policies of giving pay raises to teachers who have master’s degrees because evidence suggests that the degree alone does not improve student achievement. The remark was part of a speech about ways lawmakers can use current budget shortfalls to make public schools more productive. Mr. Duncan has consistently advocated tying teacher pay to student performance, but he has rarely taken shots at credentialing programs.

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