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May 18, 2009

More Thoughts on TIF

Washington sources offer their take on the Obama administration's prioritization of the Teacher Incentive Fund over other federal teacher programs.

May 14, 2009

Weingarten Wants TIF Grants to Be Bargained

AFT leader Randi Weingarten is calling the bluff of President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan, who say incentive-pay programs should be developed with teachers.

May 08, 2009

The Unions and the Teacher Incentive Fund

I keep bugging Duncan's peeps about whether they're going to require these incentive-pay plans to be collectively bargained. Jo Anderson, a senior adviser at the Education Department, said that issue hasn't been worked out or decided on yet.

May 05, 2009

A Bundle of Performance-Pay Joy

Ed Week is beginning a new service: Packages of articles, commentaries, and chats on some of the top issues in education. The first one is on the hot-button topic of teacher performance pay. For $4.95, you'll get seven articles and two commentaries that our staff who are most knowledgeable about th...

April 21, 2009

UPDATED: A Steep Climb

At The Quick and the Ed, Chad Aldeman has an interesting post up about how steep salary schedules affect the ebb and flow of teachers into and out of the profession. I wrote a story not long ago about how most pay systems are "backloaded," with teachers earning degrees for longevity and for earn...

April 13, 2009

NGA Announces Alternative-Compensation Initiative

The National Governors Association just announced that it has selected six states to participate in a "policy academy" to create new methods for compensating teachers. Such methods could include performance-based pay, but also higher pay for teachers who: take on tough assignments; teach in shorta...

February 12, 2009

$200 Million for Performance Pay in Stimulus

This just in from my intrepid colleagues at Politics K-12: The conference agreement on the stimulus will include $200 million for the Teacher Incentive Fund, a federal performance pay initiative. Looks like the Obama administration, which supported the extra funding for TIF, managed to carry the day...

February 06, 2009

Performance Pay: The Other 70%

One of the main sticking points about performance-pay programs is that less than a third of teachers, usually around 30%, teach grade 3-8 reading and math, the subjects and grade levels that are most frequently tested per No Child Left Behind. A performance-pay system, the argument goes, should be a...

January 15, 2009

Performance Pay in the Stimulus?

This just in: It looks like the economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill will include $200 million or "competitive grants to school districts and states to provide financial incentives for teachers and principals who raise student achievement and close the achievement gaps in high-need schools." Th...

January 14, 2009

Twice-Burned Florida Lawmakers Champion Merit Pay

Florida's two experiments with merit pay in recent years disappeared like a hangover after a prolonged date with controversy. But some state lawmakers still want to revisit the concept by spending on a merit-pay plan some of the federal stimulus-package dollars that might fall into Florida's lap. ...

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