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Hinrichs, Peter – Education Finance and Policy, 2011
A number of high schools across the United States have moved to later bell times on the belief that their previous bell times were too early for the "biological clocks" of adolescents. In this article I study whether doing so improves academic performance. I first focus on the Twin Cities metropolitan area, where Minneapolis and several…
Descriptors: High Schools, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement, Metropolitan Areas
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Nadler, Carl; Wiswall, Matthew – Education Finance and Policy, 2011
Recent research attributes the lack of merit pay in teaching to the resistance of teachers. This article examines whether the structure of merit pay affects the types of teachers who support it. We develop a model of the relative utility teachers receive from merit pay versus the current fixed schedule of raises. We show that if teachers are risk…
Descriptors: Risk, Merit Pay, Teacher Salaries, Resistance (Psychology)