Who got merit pay in Hillsborough?
So who got the money? Click here to download the complete list of the more than 4,600 educators in Hillsborough who received about $2,100 in their paychecks today through the state's Merit Award Program.
We understand that some teachers would prefer that we not post their names. However, we at the Gradebook decided there was a compelling public interest in giving parents and educators the opportunity to learn which teachers received performance pay, as they are supposed to be the ones who got the best results from their students.
Performance pay certainly is contentious. Click here to see past Gradebook discussions on the matter. But it also appears here to stay, as Congress is looking into including the idea in No Child Left Behind, and state lawmakers have no willingness to compromise the program even with budget cuts looming. We're simply reporting on who is getting the money.
Currently, we have only the names. As soon as we receive it, we will post an updated list that also shows school sites.
Don't be looking for a similar list in Pinellas or Pasco, though. Pinellas teachers decided not to participate in MAP, while Pasco teachers have not voted on a plan yet.