"I've had a lot of discussions with teachers. And they feel betrayed and frustrated by No Child Left Behind. We shouldn't reauthorize it without changing it fundamentally. We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind, and so there are school districts all across the state and all across the country that are having a difficult time implementing No Child Left Behind."
-2007 Democratic primary debate on "This Week" Aug 19, 2007
On Teacher Salary:
"As president, I will launch a campaign to recruit and support hundreds of thousands of new teachers across the country--because the most important part of any education is the person standing in front of the classroom. It's time to treat teaching like the profession that it is. It's time to pay our teachers what they deserve. Pay them more money."
-Take Back America 2007 Conference Jun 19, 2007
“There is no reason why an experienced, highly qualified teacher shouldn't earn $100,000. In exchange for more money, teachers need to become more accountable for their performances, and school districts need to have greater ability to get rid of ineffective teachers.”
- The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.161-163 Oct 1, 2006
On Incentive-based Pay:
“We've got to make sure that teachers are going to the schools that need them the most. We're going to lose a million teachers over the next decade because the baby-boom generation is retiring. And so it's absolutely critical for us to give them the incentives and the tools and the training that they need not only to become excellent teachers but to become excellent teachers where they're most needed.”
- 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University Jun 28, 2007
“Obama co-sponsored legislation to create a National Teaching Academy of Chicago that recruits, prepares and develops quality teachers for high-need urban school districts. He co-sponsored legislation that created the Future Teacher Corps Scholarships to provide financial aid for undergraduate & graduate students studying to become teachers. He was chief sponsor of a bill creating the Certified Teacher Retention Bonus Program that provides grants to reward high quality teachers in low performing schools.”
- Campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.org, "On the Issues" Sep 28, 2004
On Merit-based Pay:
“If you excel at helping your students achieve success, your success will be valued and rewarded as well.”
- Washington Post, June 11, 2007