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Price Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Reward Teachers Who Help Improve Student Achievement

The subhead reads: Teacher Incentive Fund Act Enjoys Broad Support in Education Community. Indeed. Tying pay to standardized test scores further degrades the profession--and hurts kids.

News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. â Proposing an innovative strategy to reward teachers and principals for improving student academic achievement, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) today introduced legislation to establish the Teacher Incentive Fund to strengthen teacher quality improvement programs.

The Teacher Incentive Fund Act (H.R. 1761) would provide funds to states and local school districts to help them develop performance-based compensation systems that offer teachers and principals ârecognition payâ for demonstrating progress in raising student achievement levels and closing the achievement gap. Notably, no federally-designed performance pay system would be imposed upon states or schools. Rather, the Teacher Incentive Fund Act simply would give states and local school districts the tools they need to design and implement systems that meet their unique needs.

âAs Congress begins the process of reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act, it is time to show support for the incredible work educators do,â said Price. âThis legislation takes the needed step toward rewarding the very teachers and principals who are building a brighter future.â

Through grants, the federal government has provided states and schools some $100 million in recent years to design and implement performance-based compensation standards. However, a spending measure written and passed by congressional Democrats last month virtually eliminated all funding for these programs, leaving many states and local school districts to question whether they can fully implement the teacher recognition pay systems theyâve designed over the past several years. The Teacher Incentive Fund Act would authorize the Teacher Incentive Fund program and make it a permanent component of the U.S. teacher quality improvement strategy.

âIn order for our young people to succeed in school and in the global marketplace, we must provide states and local communities the resources to recruit and retain the best teachers in America,â said Rep. Howard P. âBuckâ McKeon (R-CA), Senior Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. âWe do not need to look beyond the private sector to know that pay-for-performance raises quality and effectiveness. I applaud Congressman Price for introducing this innovative legislation.â

— News Release
Committee on Education and Labor
2007-04-29


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