Merit Award Pay: It's out in Hillsborough
More than 4,000 Hillsborough educators can expect bonuses of more than $2,100 in their paychecks Friday.
The performance pay awards were granted through the state Merit Award Program, or MAP. Recipients were determined by a variety of factors, including student performance on standardized tests and their evaluations. In all, Hillsborough educators split $10.6 million in bonuses.
Teachers did not have to apply for the state program, which is in its first year and has proven controversial elsewhere. The teachers union in Pinellas County rejected the rewards outright.
In Hillsborough, the money was divided equally among around 4,640 educators, schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty said. For more on how the awards were determined, see the district's Q&A: Download map_information_81607.pdf
The recipients include more than 2,700 teachers, about 1,300 guidance counselors and support personnel and nearly 600 school administrators. Educators can review their status under the program through the employee section of the district website. Here are the directions: Download map_employee_access_instructions.pdf