New York City teachers who improve student achievement at struggling schools may be eligible for bonuses of up to 30% of their pay, under a pilot program at about 12 schools. The plan creates two classifications of teachers. Turnaround teachers could earn 15% extra pay, and master teachers would be eligible for 30% -- all based on progress their students make on exams and other measures. City education officials and the United Federation of Teachers approved the bonus program, which would be paid for with federal school-improvement grants the city is expecting.

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