We've already learned how the General Assembly leadership loves to stack the deck of "study committees" with people who have their minds made up, so will it be any surprise who gets appointed to this committee.
H952 would authorize a study committee on teacher compensation specifically to look at merit-based proposals. Along with members appointed by the Speaker and President Pro-Tempore, the teachers' union NCAE gets two members of their own — I'm sure those appointees will be quite open minded given one of the bullet points of NCAE's 2009-2010 Legislative Agenda states "Oppose merit and differentiated pay plans."
So here we have another fake committee created by the General Assembly that will just pay lip-service to a serious issue so members can run back to their districts and say they're doing something.
Call me cynical, but this is nothing but a sham.
Two things will come out of this: 1. The committee will never meet. 2. The committee will meet and make a recommendation that merit pay is unfair. When you stack the deck, what else would you expect?