This could cost President Hopey McChange when the next election rolls around:

President Barack Obama embraced merit pay for teachers Tuesday in spelling out a vision of education that will almost certainly alienate union backers.

A strategy that ties teacher pay to student performance has for years been anathema to teachers’ unions, a powerful force in the Democratic Party. These unions also are wary of charter schools, non-traditional educational systems that they believe also compete with traditional schools for tax dollars.

How will supporting merit pay cost The One? Word is that the union leadership is so angry with Obama that, when the 2012 election season is underway, the NEA is expected to wait a full five minutes longer than they did in 2008 before endorsing Obama.

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