Va. Offers Merit Pay for Hard-To-Staff Schools

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    � West Rock/R. Jerome Ferraro

    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.