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$13 million from state for teacher incentive pay

Posted by Texas Education on August 29, 2008

In all, 211 school districts and charter schools statewide will receive $148 million in incentive pay grants. But, this is not without the districts contributing, thus the reason some districts turn down the Governor and his wonderful incentive bonuses. Will the state never quit in trying to undermine the state public school system? Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Then what will the state do with most of the general public running around “uneducated?”

“I know that Texans agree with education professionals and myself that the most important thing we can do for our citizens is to get them an education,” Perry said. “That’s exactly why the Legislature created the rewards for teaching excellence. They are meant to identify and reward the teachers who have gone the extra step.”

In all, 211 school districts and charter schools statewide will receive $148 million in incentive pay grants.

The grants require districts to contribute some money to their incentive pay programs. HISD will be required to kick in $1.3 million. Several other Texas school districts have opted out of the bonus pay program out of concern about the financial costs and the potentially negative impact on teacher morale.

The chron scratches on this, and the wacotrib chimes in also.

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