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Pasco board rejects MAP, too



One day after Pasco's teachers voted down their proposed performance pay plan, their School Board unanimously joined them.

Board members said they like the idea of rewarding teachers for excellence, but deemed the state's Merit Award Program a poor way to accomplish that goal.

"I do believe in merit pay. But that pay has to encourage collaboration and lift our teachers up in a way different than this," vice chairwoman Kathryn Starkey said. "I don't think that this plan is it. I didn't have one teacher come up to me and say, 'This is a good plan, please vote  for it.' I had the opposite."

The board did ask the administration and teachers to consider returning to the bargaining table, to try to find a way to claim the state's bonus money - about $3.6-million was allocated for the county this year - in coming years.

"It's coming," board member Allen Altman said of teacher performance pay. "There needs to be a set plan to work together in good faith ... so our employees can get those dollars."

To see yesterday's post on the teachers' vote, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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