Pinellas pays out more TIF money to teachers, administrators
Pinellas County Schools has paid another $275,000 to teachers and administrators at four middle schools as part of its teacher incentive fund grant. Recipients received payouts from $1,000 to $5,000, based on their professional evaluations.
The federal grant is intended to build infrastructure around pay for performance systems and to provide incentives for good teachers and administrators to stay in difficult schools. Pinellas earned the grant in 2010 - promising improvements at Azalea, Bay Point, John Hopkins and Pinellas Park middle schools - but hadn't paid out much to teachers.
The Times wrote about that issue in September.
Pinellas had planned to pay out $1.2 million to teacher and administrators by now. But as of when the story was written, had paid out just $162,000 total. This is the second round of payouts.