I guess Washington just shot to the top of the States To Move To When California Splits Along The San Andreas And Merges With The Pacific list:
Many people will argue the problem with teacher salaries is that they are too low to attract and keep good teachers. That may be true. But the types of pay reforms outlined by Washington Learns recognize a deeper problem: the failure of the current system to make distinctions among teachers who have specialized skills, who accept difficult job assignments, or who are more effective in the classroom.
This also in: the upward trend of teacher SAT scores and general aptitude will both reach a carrying capacity if we can't offer them better incentives.
[both via Jacobs]