Boston’s teachers’ union has killed a plan to pay bonuses to teachers whose students do well on the AP exam, reports the Boston Globe. An arbitrator has ruled the extra pay violates the union contract.
The district wanted to give math teachers at a Roxbury school $100 for each student with a his score on the AP test, funded by a grant. The union complained bonuses undercut faculty teamwork.
The Boston union, for instance, says that many teachers contribute to a child’s success, and all of them should be eligible for any potential bonuses, not just the ones who teach AP courses.
So, they support merit pay for all teachers? Well, no.