02/08/2011 11:28 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Better Teachers Could Add $100 Trillion To U.S. Economy

Forget the cliche of bringing an apple to your favorite teacher. You may want to send her your next bonus check instead -- because she's a big part of why you got it.

That's the gist of a recent report by the Cambridge, Mass.-based National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that attempted to measure the economic value of effective teachers compared to their less effective counterparts.

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