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In Pinellas, more nose-holding on Race to the Top



The Pinellas school board voted 5-1 yesterday to approve changes in the district’s Race to the Top application, which could yield about $15.9 million. One of the big ones: Basing 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation on student performance.

The district wanted 40 percent. The Florida Department of Education said no.

“I wish I had another choice,” said board member Linda Lerner. But “I can’t turn $15 million away in money we desperately need.”

“I think there is a choice. You support it or you don’t,” countered Janet Clark, who voted no. “We might be mandated to have a performance pay system, but it doesn’t have to be what Race to the Top is telling us.”

According to the updated application, beyond the 40 percent that's based on student achievement or growth data, "Alternatives measures of students' progress will be used for the additional 10% ... Alternative approaches such as: value added model, portfolio assessments, or student's progress based on the individual growth index will be considered."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:57am]


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