Truancy Peaks as Louisiana Ties Teacher Salaries to Student Performance

BATON ROUGE, La. — In an unexplainable phenomenon, student attendance in public schools across Louisiana has plummeted since the state adopted a merit pay system tying teachers’ salaries to student performance. “Frankly, we’re stumped,” said Chas Roemer, President of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. “As soon as word got out that their performance on generic and often inappropriate standardized…