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Pasco schools cited for failure to offer performance pay and results-based evaluations



Amid Florida's swirling debate over teacher quality issues, the state Auditor General has issued an operational audit of the Pasco County school district that criticizes the county for not providing performance or differential pay, and for not basing evaluations on student performance.

These are requirements of current statute, although state lawmakers are trying to make the criteria even stricter. That effort has led United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb to essentially shrug at the audit report, saying it will be "ancient history" by the time the Legislature is done revising the law.

Pasco assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose told the Gradebook that the district administration is aware it has some work to do. "That's what our Race to the Top committee is doing," she said, adding that "we're working on a new evaluation system," too.

She blamed the failure of the School Board and union to approve a MAP performance pay plan as the key reason the auditor flagged the district in this area. The district has made small strides forward in these matters, though, she added, noting that the district's online eSchool teachers now receive performance-based pay and that Ridgewood High School teachers are getting differential pay as part of the school's status as persistently low-performing.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 4:29pm]


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