Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Merit Pay...Concerns, Flaws, & Where to Send the Bonus

I've given you information from Texas, now here's the latest from Alaska where many teachers have donated their bonus to charity.

Anchorage Daily News: Incentive pay goes to some teachers, but worries linger (Becky Stoppa, News, Alaska)“The Alaska Public School Performance Incentive Program is in the first of three pilot years. It provides bonuses to eligible staff members at schools whose students show significant improvements from the year before or whose students continue to achieve at high levels, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development… Many felt the incentive program failed to recognize the hard work of teachers in other schools and seemed to suggest that without cash incentives teachers might not work as hard as they could, Sather said.”

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