Gov. Mike Beebe said "alternative compensation," or some variation of merit pay, would be part of his agenda this year. The big money proponents of decoupling teacher pay from regular cost-of-living and experience-based increments will be pushing hard this session and have many legislative allies.
This article indicates the Arkansas Education Association has recognized the reality. It must have its own alternative, lest it swallow a Walton-financed cram-down of a system wholly related to test swcores.