I imagine we will see a move from the former to the latter. I was at a district meeting today and we all started talking about the pending lay-offs. At first I was encouraged that everyone agreed there was merit in keeping both the new and the experienced teachers. In fact, everyone agreed that the selection should be on merit. Yay. Then we started discussing the best metrics for measuring teacher merit. Not yay. I am still stunned that one 40-something high school teacher really believed that popularity with the students was the most important measure of teacher performance. You'll have to go into more detail on what you think merit pay should be based on because frankly the concept is the dumbest fucking thing I've heard in a long time.I have a hard time believing this is the literal truth and not a drastically oversimplified version of this teachers opinion.