Mississippi teachers might see merit pay next year under the state’s “School Recognition Program,” but a proposed House bill would change how such pay is determined….
…Instead of individual schools, HB154 — authored by Rep. Hank Zuber, R-Ocean Springs — would base merit pay on a district’s ratings. Under the proposed legislation, districts that have received the state’s top ranking or improved by a letter grade would receive $100 per pupil, and districts rated “B” would get $75 per pupil. The same would apply for charter schools.
Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, who co-authored the bill, said basing merit pay on districts is a more “equitable” approach. Hughes went on to say the change is needed because “proverbial across-the-track schools” or schools that perform lower are not incorporated under the current law.