Details key to teacher merit pay

Leaders of several Northeast Mississippi school districts said they are intrigued by a plan floated recently by Gov. Phil Bryant to pay teachers based on performance.

They also said the plan’s details will be critical.

“I’m interested in it because I like the idea of rewarding those teachers who are doing good things with kids,” said Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks, adding he would want to see how the plan develops before he could say if he supports it.

Bryant announced the idea on July 27 in unveiling a report written by The Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. The governor’s office requested the report on performance-based compensation for the state’s educators.

Daily Journal
8/5/12