Nashville teachers have rejected $400,000 in extra pay because the money would be based on student performance, reports the Tennessean. A private donor offered the money to teachers at two low-performing elementary schools.
The three-year program would have rewarded each teacher with anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 based on students’ overall performance compared with last school year, said Marsha Warden, school board chairwoman. If successful, the plan was to be expanded to more schools.
While an informal poll of teachers at the two schools showed strong support for the bonus plan, 51 percent of union members voted “no,” scuttling the idea.