Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has outlined a plan to give some "highly effective" teachers more money.
Of course, it leaves plenty of room to debate whether it is a fair and effective way to motivate people in the classroom.
The whole thing is tied in with a state law that requires school districts to come up with ways to give their best teachers a bonus. To qualify under the CMS proposal, teachers would have to meet these criteria:
- Teach at one of the 14 consistently underperforming schools that are part of the Beacon Initiative developed this school year.
- Be at least proficient in all leadership and student learning standards (I and IV for those on the inside)
- Have at least one rating above proficient
- Meet some attendance benchmark. This wasn't outlined at the meeting.
The result is likely to be disappointing to a large percentage of the district's teachers. But the district doesn't have a huge pot of money to work with.
The state estimates having $1 million to distribute. CMS generally makes up 10 percent of the state in everything, so the district plans to give out about $100,000. The actual numbers could vary because the awards are funded by license plate sales.
School boards are supposed to send the plans to a N.C. House and Senate committee by Thursday.