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December 17, 2008

Austin Hands Out $1 Million in Merit Pay

There's at least one district where some teachers are getting more money instead of having to worry about losing their jobs or pay. Austin this week handed out $1 million in cash bonuses to teachers under its pilot performance-pay program for teachers whose students did better on state tests. Teach...

December 11, 2008

Utah May Hold Back Merit-Pay Funds

A while back, Teacher Beat predicted that states were likely to pull the brakes on merit-pay plans, given the economic freefall. And we hate to say it, but we were right. Out of Utah comes news that the state board of education is considering delaying $20 million in promised performance-pay funds f...

November 04, 2008

Will the Economy Kill Merit Pay?

Ever wondered how teacher performance-pay plans might fare in these tough economic times? Already, we've had lashings of bad news from districts around the country as they cut down on teacher jobs and teacher salaries and revise pension plans. Just today, a report in the Orlando Sentinel said tha...

October 16, 2008

New Thoughts on Performance Pay

I went to a roundtable discussion last week on performance-pay programs hosted by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. In attendance were representatives from a variety of programs, including several of the Teacher Incentive Fund grants. The attendees brought up a number of interesting chall...

October 09, 2008

N.Y.C.'s "Rewarding" Merit-Pay Plan

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is not too happy about a recent New York Times article on D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee's proposed performance-pay plan for teachers, which she says falls way short of a merit-pay plan Weingarten signed off on in New York City earlier this y...

September 23, 2008

Pawlenty Seeking Q Comp Overhaul

The promise of more money has not exactly sent school districts in Minnesota rushing to embrace Gov. Tim Pawlenty's widely touted Q Comp performance-pay plan for teachers. After three years, in 2007-08, only 39 of the state's 334 districts and 21 charter schools had signed up for it. Part of it mig...

September 23, 2008

TIF Grant Moves to Nawlins

The Algiers Charter Schools consortium in New Orleans just received a $17.6 million grant from the federal Teacher Incentive Fund, a program designed to seed performance-based compensation programs. Algiers' grant was initially given to the Lakewood County school district, in Florida, but that dis...

September 09, 2008

Ohio Locals Have Strong Record on Merit Pay

Democrats have often been criticized for being in cahoots with the teacher unions on education policy, and each time Sen. Barack Obama voices support for charter schools or merit pay-- ideas that the national teacher unions aren't terribly fond of-- there's a lot of back-and-forth on how he's breaki...

August 27, 2008

Performance Pay by Any Other Name

"Obama and the NEA: If elected, will he be willing to part ways with the union?" Or that's what the Rocky Mountain News wants to know. And here at Teacher Beat, we think it is a question worth examining. It is true that so far Obama has expressed support for merit pay, which the NEA is famous for ...

August 25, 2008

Tentative Pact on ProComp

Just in time for the Democratic convention, Denver schools and the teachers' union have come up with a tentative agreement on ProComp, the city's performance-pay plan for teachers. The contract would give all teachers 3 percent pay raises and allow teachers who don't want to be part of ProComp to d...

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