"By ignoring student achievement in favor of an arbitrary measure of teacher ‘quality' such as National Board certification, House Bill 2646 would have undermined the core principle of the incentive pay program that Gov. Perry and the Legislature worked so hard to implement. Gov. Perry's veto was the correct action.

"According to our research, National Board certification has not been proven to be a good indicator of student achievement. Our merit pay program needs to be focused on those teachers who produce positive results for our students."

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