Performance pay for brunch
Is another merit-pay plan tanking in Florida? The Pinellas teachers union decided Monday not to participate in the state's Merit Awards Program (see story here), joining what appears to be a growing chorus of nays statewide (see story here). Don't say we didn't tell you so (story here). Teachers and just about everybody else hated the former plan (that was Special Teachers Are Rewarded, or STAR), so it was something of a mystery why teachers and just about everybody else throught its successor, MAP, was okay. Maybe spin had something to do with it (see Gradebook post here). And maybe now, budget woes are bringing doubts to the surface (see previous posts here.)
Should Florida just give up on merit pay? Despite the saga of STAR and MAP, it's not a given that teachers will hate any merit-pay plan, is it? Not according to this recent Associated Press story. And for a real-life example of teachers who are not only downright giddy about their merit pay - but angry that union leaders might take it away - check out this St. Petersburg Times story from Arkansas. What do you think? Can Florida come up with a plan that makes everybody happy?