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Pasco reaches tentative MAP plan



While Hillsborough teachers are collecting their performance pay bonuses (see post), Pasco teachers will be getting their first look at what a Merit Award Plan system could look like for them.

The United School Employees of Pasco and the district administration reached a tentative MAP agreement late Thursday, which would direct $3-million to about 25 percent of Pasco teachers at the end of next year. (To see the plan, click here.) The School Board and the teachers still must approve the plan before a state-imposed Oct. 1 deadline.

"Really, the most important thing there is that this plan gives the teachers the choice whether they want to be assessed under the MAP plan as individuals or as members of an instructional team," USEP lead negotiator Jim Ciadella tells the Gradebook.

Without that provision, which was not part of the performance pay plan that teachers and the School Board rejected in the spring, the deal likely wouldn't have gotten off the table, Ciadella said.

"That's a key element," district lead negotiator Terry Rhum agreed. "Also, now we will have end-of-course exams, which we did not have before." Those tests would help evaluate teachers who do not teach FCAT-related subjects. The exam results would make up 75 percent of a teacher's performance rating.

The teacher's evaluation by his or her supervisor would make up the other 25 percent.

USEP president Lynne Webb said the union will not endorse or oppose the proposal. It will present the information and "let the teachers vote their conscience," she said. Webb added that she couldn't guess how the results would come out but, based on a survey, "most of them said they would not be in favor of a MAP plan" with the information they had at the time.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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