Sep 23, 2010 3:40 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department is giving school
districts and nonprofit organizations from across the country $442
million to create merit pay programs for teachers and principals.
The Teacher Incentive Fund is aimed at attracting and rewarding
quality educators and encouraging them to work in the country's
highest need schools. The programs will create performance pay
systems based on evaluations of educators, among other incentives.
Winners include school districts such as Wake County, N.C., and
the New York City Department of Education. State education
departments in Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio and Louisiana also won
grants, as did private companies such as Uplift Education, which
has five charter schools in Texas.
This is the first phase of the larger teacher incentive program,
which has $1.2 billion in funding over the next five years.