Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is inviting struggling schools to apply for $3 million in state funding.
Under the plan, individual grants of up to $5,000 will go to teachers who improve student achievement in the upcoming 2011-12 school year. The governor hopes that the plan will help attract teachers to "hard-to-staff" schools with high numbers of special need students or English learners.
Teacher evaluation would help determine who gets the extra money.
“Teachers who make a commitment to students in hard-to-staff urban and rural schools, despite circumstances that often prompt colleagues to seek assignments elsewhere, deserve our admiration,” McDonnell said in a press release Tuesday.
169 select schools in 57 districts across the state are eligible for the merit pay.