Tennessee requires merit pay, but leaves details to districts

Tennessee will allow school districts plenty of latitude in designing merit-pay and recruiting bonuses to be implemented in the fall of 2008. "The best chance for it to have a positive impact is to have those plans bubble up from the system level," said Gary Nixon, executive director of Tennessee's state board of education. "They'll have to work with their teachers' associations to come up with a plan that works for them. It's better than it coming from the state."

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