Pinellas wants to create incentives for teachers at troubled schools
Pinellas County school officials are looking at ways to improve recruitment and retention efforts at some of their most troubled schools.
The goal, according to officials, is to get teachers with the “most finely honed skills” in the schools with the greatest need. The schools being targeted include: Fairmount Park Elementary, Maximo Elementary, Melrose Elementary, Azalea Middle School and Pinellas Park Middle School.
All of these schools have been required to have state turnaround plans because of their histories of poor academic performance.
School officials want to create incentives for teachers to work in these schools – something that will have to be negotiated with the teachers union. Years ago, a former president of the teachers union had spoken against such an idea. It will be interesting to see how union officials feel now - and what kind of plan is proposed. Former superintendent John Stewart also had talked about the need to move some staffers out of certain low-performing schools, but he had suggested that it was the contract language, which protects teachers, that made it difficult to effect change.
The Gradebook will be asking about this issue as more details emerge. What do you think about providing incentives to teachers to work in tough schools? Do you think merit pay would discourage some teachers?