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Education Department grants $442M for teacher merit pay

Posted September 23, 2010 12:54 p.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2010 1:41 p.m. EDT

— 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.