INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Teachers in some of Indiana’s wealthiest school districts will get the
largest share of $40 million in performance pay that the state made
available this year for high-performing educators, with urban districts
seeing much less.
Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education shows Carmel Clay Schools
leading the state in the most performance money per teacher at more than
$2,400. Zionsville Community Schools came in second at more than $2,200, the
Indianapolis Star reported.
Indianapolis Public Schools will receive nearly $130 per teacher. Wayne
Township Schools will see among the lowest payments, at just more than $40
said the goal is to reward good teachers, but Democrats and the leader of
the state’s largest teachers union blasted inequities in the amount that
will be given to schools.
Speaker Brian Bosma, the chamber’s top Republican, said the state should
review the “distribution formula” for the bonus pay.
concept was to recognize outstanding teachers, not just outstanding
districts,” Bosma said. “So we’ll work it through and hopefully be able to
make it equitable.”
Republican superintendent of public instruction has said she wants lawmakers
to review the pay, arguing that the current strategy does not provide an
adequate incentive to attract and retain teachers.
Schools get the
bonuses based on ISTEP student exam scores and graduation rates. Money is
then given to teachers who earn high marks on their yearly evaluations.