The N&O discusses premium teacher pay in Guilford County:

If that solution seems mercenary to some, that’s unfortunate. The future of thousands of North Carolina youngsters hang in the balance, and this is a perfectly reasonable attempt to address a well-known problem….

It makes sense that better pay for teachers will result in better-educated students, but a careful tracking of progress at the 22 schools should show whether the $2 million experiment actually works. That will be useful information not just for Guilford County residents and taxpayers, but to educators across the state and to legislators, who set the education agenda.