Thursday, August 10, 2006

In the real world

Last night the professional organization representing Nashville teachers was concerned that diversified/merit/performance pay would cause dissension in the ranks. Today comes this article from Texas showing they're jumping in with both feet.

Texas' first full-fledged attempt to reward teachers for students' performance is under way this school year, with 1,162 public schools – 15 percent of all campuses – invited to participate in the state's new incentive pay plan.
Statewide, more than 33,000 teachers could get incentive pay from the $100 million Educator Excellence Fund if most districts opt to spread the money around and award the minimum bonus of $3,000.
While state teacher groups opposed the merit pay scheme when it was approved by the Legislature in a special session in May, proponents of the idea said it was time for Texas to start rewarding its best teachers and thereby encourage them to remain in the classroom.
(snip) Dallas Morning News
You want to see dissension in the ranks MNEA? Wait till this gets around.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But merit pay and incentive pay are two very different things. Merit pay is based on performance; incentive pay is a bonus for going to an "At Risk" school. MNEA polled its members on this issue and a majority of these members approved of incentive pay (at least the 1/3rd who answered the survey.) Merit pay is a different issue entirely and really could cause dissention if it is based on test scores (as opposed to, say, time put in tutoring students for tests). But MNEA's members really did give negotiators the go ahead on incentive pay. I'm not sure why they dragged their feet on it, but it seems it's over for now.