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More problems with merit pay



As if Florida teachers didn't hate the state's Merit Award Program enough already. Now comes word that nearly 600 Brevard County teachers who qualified for $2,241 bonuses will not only not get them because there isn't enough money, but that a lottery system will be used to determine which ones do.

"It's like dangling a carrot in front of their faces," Janet Eastman, president of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, told Florida Today. "So many of you qualify, but guess what? You don't get it."

By coincidence, merit pay may be up for discussion when the state Board of Education meets in Tallahassee Tuesday. On the agenda: Commissioner Eric J. Smith's "Next Generation Strategic Plan," which includes implementing a new "comprehensive performance pay plan."

The details aren't out yet. But Smith's draft mentions improving and integrating MAP, school recognition money and differential pay into a new plan and possibly integrating the bonuses for teachers who are national board certified.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:53am]


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