Mission (im)Possible Teachers get the Payout (N&R)

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.climatechangecorp.com/resources/images/content/large/20073282659_dangling%20carrot.JPG” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The News & Record is reporting that those GCS Mission (im)Possible teachers will get their payouts this week…those incentives for them to teach at many high-impacted schools in the Peoples Republic of Guilford County.

See this short blurb:

Seventy-six teachers and administrators will receive performance bonuses from $2,500 to $5,000 this week under the Mission Possible teacher incentive plan started by Guilford County Schools last year.

The employees represent 24 percent of those eligible at 20 participating schools to receive the extra pay, according to district figures. The bonuses total about $270,000. They are being paid through local school dollars and a private grant by Action Greensboro.

Here’s an interesting spin on teacher incentives…take a look at this link to an education blog in New York City. Seems as though a recent NY Times article focused on this very subject. The blogger writes and comments relative to the article:

Is this implying that we as teachers are not doing enough already? Is a carrot going to make us run faster? I’m doing the best I can carrot or no carrot. The underlying assumption here seems to be that we as teachers can work harder if given more money. Show me the teacher that steps back and says, “Well if they paid me $3000 more I’d get them to pass.”

Interesting…any thoughts? I’d love to hear from you Mission Possible teachers to see how things are going so far this year.

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UPDATE: 10/30/07, 10:26AM:

Link to updated N&R story here.  See this short excerpt:

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/hebert1.JPG” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. “I’ve seen what I want to see after year one,” said Garth Hebért , a member of the Board of Education. “We got qualified teachers where they were needed.”

Hebért said he has concerns about teachers being expected to turn around students with a long history of poor academic performance.

The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/schools/images/Terry%20Grier%205x7.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. [Supt. Terry] Grier has said in the past he would relocate teachers who aren’t able to improve test scores in their classrooms.

“These are the hardest schools to teach in,” Hebért said. “These are the schools where kids give up.”

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So Garth doesn’t want the kids to give up, but what does it tell us when Grier wants to give up on the teachers in these schools who can’t get students to pass a test?

And to think this man just got a raise?

Link to N&R Chalkboard discussion here.

Link to GCS Memo about the bonuses here.

E.C. 🙂

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