Money for merit

Thanks to a $27.5 million federal grant, Chicago will offer extra pay to teachers and support staffers who do an exemplary job in high-need, high-poverty schools. The proposal was drafted by a committee of award-winning teachers, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago’s proposal is distinctive in that the federal money would be spread around to everyone—from janitors to security guards—at the district’s neediest neighborhood and charter schools. The largest annual bonuses, however, would go to teachers who showed outstanding leadership in improving their schools.

Annual bonuses for teachers could reach $9,000.

Fifteen districts nationwide received five-year grants to fund performance pay at high-need schools, including Denver Public Schools, which will use the money to expand its new merit pay program.

Via EdWonk.

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  1. In the military it’s called “combat pay.”