Teacher-backed bonus plan begins in Tennessee school system

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Tennessee school system will implement a teacher-designed overhaul to teacher compensation in the 2014-15 academic year, according to Education Week.

Tennessee is one of 35 states across the country that tie teacher pay to student performance. Federal dollars, earmarked for school reforms, flow to school systems that provide merit-based pay to teachers who bring about classroom achievement.

The 7,000-student Kingsport City school system, which abandoned traditional pay scales in favor of a merit-based system, got direct input from teachers before doing so. A teacher task force, made up of educators in a variety of grades and subjects, advised Superintendent Lyle Ailshie's compensation revamp, Ailshie told reporter Lauren Camera.

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