Maryland district hands out $1.1 million in merit-pay bonuses

12/2/2009 | Washington Post, The

About 280 educators in Maryland's second-largest school district will receive $1.1 million in bonuses today through a voluntary merit-pay program that awards them bonuses based in part on student test scores. Bonuses vary, with teachers being eligible for as much as $10,000 and principals able to receive up to $12,000. The merit-pay program is supported by the local teachers union. "It's an incentive for what you do, and you are getting paid for it. ... I just didn't see it hinder anybody," said a teacher who received a $1,500 bonus.

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