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.You want to see dissension in the ranks MNEA? Wait till this gets around.
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