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Education Department grants $442M for teacher merit pay

Posted September 23, 2010

— 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.

The Wake County Public School System won a $1.8 million grant for a program at Wilburn Elementary School in Raleigh. Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem and 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.

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  • mwlral8778 Sep 23, 2010

    Hmmmm. 442 million from the Dept of Education/ The very department Tea Partiers and Republicans think should be shut down at the federal level (I agree).

    Could this be some preliminary payola to the left leaning teacher unions? Nah, not possible. Education Unions would never support left leaning politicians....

  • nighttrain2010 Sep 23, 2010

    >>Seems more like bribe money.

    Now that's not nice. True, but not nice....haha

  • Worland Sep 23, 2010

    And just yesterday in the news, studies showed merit pay for teachers didn't work. If Obama wants someone to flush money down the toilet, I could use a job. I promise to flush all $442M... really... hahaha.

  • GWALLY Sep 23, 2010

    ...."$442 million dollars..." Yep...our tax money used to purchase votes from teachers and teachers unions....and just in time for November elections!!!!! (another liberal/entitlement democrat "transparent move")

  • GWALLY Sep 23, 2010

    Just another example of buying votes by liberal/entitlement democrats!!! Schools polluted with teachers unions are a disgrace to the very kids they profess to teach!!!!!

  • tommys5 Sep 23, 2010

    "The Teacher Incentive Fund is aimed at attracting and rewarding quality educators and encouraging them to work "

    Especially work for the Democratic party as they need all the help they can get in the next 5 weeks. So take this money and get to it!We will see you next election.

  • mep Sep 23, 2010

    $442 million dollars from a govt department we mostly no longer need. And how do they decide which teachers are doing a better job than others? Seems more like bribe money.

  • ykm Sep 23, 2010

    What non profit orgs? and why do teachers need a raise now. Oh yeah I forgot election.