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September 30, 2009

Rep. George Miller and the NEA: Round Two

The education committee chairman puts the union on notice that he believes it has shifted its position favorably toward a federal performance-pay initiative and contract waivers on teacher distribution.

September 29, 2009

Ga. Cuts National-Board Certification

Here's a story that could be a portent of things to come: Georgia is starting to cancel pay bonuses for teachers who have earned advanced certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The story does a good job of laying out the various issues, including the recent d...

September 01, 2009

"Obama Effect" Aids Merit-Pay Push

Education Next has a fascinating new survey on the "Obama effect" (full coverage from Education Week here). About 43 percent of Americans said they supported basing part of a teacher's salary on his or her students' progress on state tests. But, when told about Obama's support for the systems, 13 p...

August 05, 2009

Coming Soon to an NEA Affiliate Near You: "Knowledge and Skills Pay"?

I've finally had a chance to go through this internal National Education Association review of several affiliates' alternative-compensation models (hat tip to Mike Antonucci). It's worth checking out, although you'll have to read between the lines for the good stuff. Or you can just use this Teach...

August 04, 2009

Senate Committee Alters TIF Language

There was some interesting movement on the Teacher Incentive Fund last week, when the Senate appropriations committee took up the Labor-HHS-Ed bill. The senators inserted some new language that was not in the 2006 appropriations bill that first created TIF, a federal initiative for seeding alterna...

July 02, 2009

Duncan's NEA Speech Mirrors Stance Taken in Stimulus

While some saw the speech as "tough love" for the teachers' unions, the Obama administration clearly telegraphed its intentions to push hard on issues like performance pay, seniority, and tenure in the stimulus legislation, and that passed months ago.

July 02, 2009

Musings Before Duncan's Speech

The NEA's resolutions do not endorse any type of incentive pay other than bonuses for teachers who earn National Board certification. Delegates are a different story, and their reactions [to Duncan's speech] will be interesting to watch.

June 23, 2009

A TIF Primer

Team R & R over at the Center for American Progress has a primer out on the Teacher Incentive Fund. Worth a look if you're not well versed in this federal performance-pay initiative, especially since the Teacher Incentive Fund is practically guaranteed to be one of the more hotly contested programs ...

June 04, 2009

New Columbus Contract Includes Pay Program

Columbus has inked a new teacher contract with a pay program that's designed to move highly effective teachers into challenging schools, according to this story (hat tip to Emmy over at Flypaper.) After reviewing student growth data, a principal's recommendation and an application, the district sup...

June 03, 2009

Federal Performance Pay Gets Pushback at Senate Hearing

The Obama administration just ran into its first major roadblock in its attempts to more than quadruple the $97 million Teacher Incentive Fund program: Soccer-mom-turned-Senator Patty Murray, of Washington.

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