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Kline introduces teacher performance-pay bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., has introduced legislation that would provide money to states and local school districts to develop performance-pay systems for their teachers.

The bill, which Kline introduced Wednesday with Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., would establish the Teacher Incentive Fund that would provide seed money for states and schools to reward teachers for improving student academic achievement, according to a statement released by the House Education and Labor Committee.

“The Teacher Incentive Fund puts states and local communities firmly in control of efforts to improve teacher quality,” said Kline, who is the lead Republican on the Education Committee. “This is precisely the type of reform we should be embracing – models that allow parents, teachers, and local school leaders to work together to develop systems that meet each community’s unique needs. I commend Education Secretary Duncan for his efforts to expand performance-pay systems to promote and reward teacher quality, and I thank Rep. Price for advancing this bipartisan concept through a flexible, locally driven program.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Robert Langford on 10/01/2009 - 12:05 pm.

    An inconguous bill at best. Has not Kline always said that it is the local community that should control schools? To make money available for the purposes that he sets out does exactly the opposite of that! More of the same hypocracy and media management from this sorry politician. Why doesn’t he champion more money for local districts to control, rather than his perverted view of what education is all about.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 10/03/2009 - 10:12 am.

    I am all for school reform. I know better than most that we need it. However, our kids deserve reform that works, and not just looks good to the public. The vast majority on of research on what works in schools says that there is no tangible benefit to pay for performance schools.

    In fact, the opposite is true. If you ever want the bible on school reform look up R.J. Marzano. He did a meta-analysis of what made the best schools over the last thirty years so good. What makes a good school is teachers working together, getting out of their own classrooms, and collaborating as a team to figure out what is best for kids. I know the right wing answer to everything is competition, but our kids deserve what we know works. In Japan they pay their teachers to teach a few classes but also pay them to get together every single day to figure out the best ways to tackle the days topic.

    We know that works. How about money for teachers to have more time together. It’s research driven and proven. Kline’s answer is ideological drivel.

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