Congress considers quadrupling fund for teacher performance pay

12/13/2009 | Washington Post, The

Congress is considering an increase in funding for the Teacher Incentive Fund, which awards federal grants to states and districts to develop performance-pay programs for teachers and principals. The fund distributes almost $100 million annually and could increase to $400 million under proposed legislation. "This will require a seismic shift in the way we talk about and treat teachers, and it starts with this important investment in programs that reward teacher excellence," one lawmaker said.

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