Pinellas, Hillsborough win teacher merit pay grants
The Pinellas and Hillsborough school districts are among 62 entities nationwide to swat down a Teacher Incentive Fund grant this year, the U.S. Department of Education just announced.
Hillsborough, which has won before, will get $10 million.
Pinellas will get $7.2 million - and it's headed in potentially big chunks to teachers at four middle schools: Azalea, Bay Point, Hopkins and Pinellas Park.
According to the USDOE summary: "A key component of the PCS program is a new appraisal instrument, which includes the use of student achievement data. Through the TIF grant, PCS will be able to provide teachers and administrators who improve student achievement with up to $9,000 per year in incentive payments. Teachers and administrators also have the opportunity to receive an additional $2,000 per year for taking on additional leadership responsibilities, such as tutoring students beyond their contract, mentoring students, or becoming a master teacher."
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