D.C. Wants to Offer Top Teachers Bonuses to Transfer to High-Need Schools

Education group says teachers want good principals more than money

Friday, Nov 25, 2011  |  Updated 3:13 PM EDT
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D.C. Wants Top Teachers to Transfer to Bottom Schools

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The National Education Association is weighing in on a District of Columbia proposal to give top teachers bonuses to transfer to underachieving schools.

Association President Dennis van Roekel told The Washington Times that money is not the determining factor in drawing teachers from one school to another. He said more often teachers want to work for a “good principal.”

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has proposed legislation that would offer a $10,000 bonus and other incentives to “highly effective” teachers who transfer to high-need schools. Sixteen states offer similar programs with a variety of incentives.

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