The Tennessee State Board of Education last week passed a controversial measure that, among other things, changes the salary schedule for the state's teachers and reduces incentives for educators to earn advanced degrees. Proponents of the plan, including Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, say it allows more autonomy for local districts to offer merit pay or rewards for those teaching in high-needs schools or subjects. However, others, including the state's teachers union, oppose the plan and say it will reduce teachers' earnings over the long term.

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