Pro-TIF Lawmaker May Take Lead on House Committee

By Stephen Sawchuk — June 10, 2009 1 min read
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Alyson Klein reports that Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin is one of the top candidates in the running as the ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee now that Howard “Buck” McKeon is headed over to the Armed Services Committee.

It’s an important pick, because whoever gets the nod will ultimately be one of the key negotiators on the next version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Here’s one interesting factoid about Petri: He’s been the leading House member pushing for congressional authorization of the Teacher Incentive Fund, the performance-pay program that the Obama administration wants to quadruple in the next budget cycle. TIF was created by an appropriations bill back in 2006, but it’s never been fully elaborated upon in legislation.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.