Teachers at Monarch Academy and at Lighthouse Community Charter School‘s secondary program (grades 7-12), will get more than a pat on the back for the academic strides that their students made last year.
They will share $67,000 and $29,000, respectively, thanks to an award from the Effective Practice Incentive Community (rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?), a new initiative of New Leaders for New Schools. It amounts to roughly $3,500 per teacher.
The award money, itself, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund. That, if you recall, is the same source of cash bonus money that the Oakland teacher’s union rejected in 2007, on principle, because of the performance pay strings attached. (Specifically: The union didn’t sign onto the district’s $19 million grant proposal, and OUSD didn’t win the grant.)
You can find the news release here.
On a similar note: I hear that performance pay is a hot issue in preliminary parcel tax talks. You can probably imagine who’s fighting for it, and who’s fighting against it.
Where do you stand?