Merit pay: Naming names
We hear you. In fact, we're intrigued by the ongoing discussion about merit pay in Hillsborough.
Some of you were wondering how the Gradebook got a copy of the list of teachers receiving merit pay. The answer is simple: It's a public record, just like the superintendent's salary and bonus package. We decided that there was a compelling public interest in giving educators and parents a look at the list, since these are the teachers judged to be most effective with students.
We were not given the scores associated with each teacher's performance under the merit pay plan. Hillsborough school officials told us that it would be akin to a teacher's evaluation, which by law is not available to the public until the end of the school year immediately following the year of the evaluation.
Once again, here's the list of those receiving merit pay under the state plan, which is highly controversial and in its first year: Download map_names1.xls. The Gradebook plans to publish an update with school sites, when it's available. Should we have published these names? Tell us what you think.
UPDATE: SCHOOL DISTRICT MEA CULPA
Remember the breakdown we gave you last week on the number of teachers and administrators receiving merit pay? The information, which came from the school district, was wrong. Hillsborough spokesman Stephen Hegarty now says he overestimated the number of administrators and underestimated the number of teachers. The correct breakdown: 4,450 teachers and 190 administrators received MAP bonuses. A total of 4,640 educators received the performance pay.