Thirty ‘high-need’ schools eligible for teacher bonuses Written by NICHOLE DOBO The News Journal
The $8.2 million, three-year program is meant to help reward and attract teachers to challenged schools in Delaware. Thirty schools were named by the state as eligible for the program, which will award a $10,000 bonus to certain teachers in these schools who meet yet-to-be-defined student test score goals set by the state.
It’s up to school districts and charters to decide if they wish to participate by the end of this month. If they don’t, their teachers will not be eligible for the bonus.
No schools have formally agreed yet to participate. Many have questions about the program, he said. Among the unanswered questions are what specific criteria will be used to determine which teachers will be eligible for the bonus.
Teachers don’t need bonuses! They need respect and control of their classroom without spies aka data coaches.
I urge DSEA to reject this plan and replace with school-wide bonuses allowing those within to determine how to spend it or share it. Why do we want to give individual teachers bonuses for doing their jobs? Why do we want to give Teach for America teachers bonuses on top of AmericCorps incentives
The “schools” should be challenged from the cafeteria ladies, the custodians, teachers and all support personnel within. A committee within the school should decide how to use the money or divide it. One idea would be improving parental outreach that will have a far greater impact than teachers stuffing $10,000.00 in their pockets. Whatever happen the village analogy?
Another 3 year program and when the money is gone what do we have left? Race to The Top is nothing but a money grab for Wall Street, consultants and teachers and administrators willing to play kiss-ass!
Poverty has become a profit center in education and these teacher bonuses puts Delaware at a new low. Why not reward the students with E-readers or other items that can help them keep improving? How about and apartment for a homeless student and family? The money belongs to children and the betterment of their education. Honoring a teacher for doing their job with monies that could be better served adding more tangible classroom resources is a dishonor to the teaching profession.
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