Bonus Update: Reward The School, The Teacher, Or The Teacher Who Moves?
Focusing on Maryland and other nearby states, the Sun's Sara Neufeld updates what's going on the long-simmering but never quite widespread teacher bonus world (States turn to teacher bonuses). In the piece, she points out the programs' strengths and weaknesses (too new, too small, underfunded, potentially divisive), the union politics, and -- most interestingly -- points out that school-level rewards that were relatively popular a few years ago are being replaced by reward programs aimed at individual teachers. A smaller seeming set of bonus programs are more focused on the teacher equity issue -- getting successful teachers to move to high-need schools. Which is harder -- paying teachers for performance, or getting teachers to move to different schools?