Performance Pay For Teachers Moves Forward In State House

May 22, 2013

A state House panel has approved a plan to tie teachers’ pay to student performance.

But as The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher tells us, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they’re worried the bill would strip away local control.

Bill supporters say just because someone has been teaching for a long time, that doesn’t mean they’re a great teacher. They say educators should be paid more if their students are making progress, and less if they’re not.

Eaton Intermediate School District Superintendent Christine Beardsley says they’re already implementing a similar system. But she says not all schools can or should adopt the same policy.

“Why not allow us to then maybe lead the way and have others join as they determine their district is ready for this,” she says.

The bill would only apply to teachers hired after the law goes into effect.