Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has outlined a plan to give some “highly effective” teachers more money.
The plan, approved by the school board this week, is the result of a state requirement that districts come up with ways to give their best teachers a bonus. The provision was wrapped up in a slate of controversial changes to teacher compensation and school funding.
Those included an average 7 percent pay raise that favored early-career teachers over their more experienced counterparts. The law also eliminated longevity payments that increased with each year of service and wrapped the money into base pay.
It’s unclear how many CMS teachers would be eligible for a bonus. The actual award will depend on how many teachers qualify.
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The state estimates having $1 million to distribute for this program. CMS roughly makes up 10 percent of the state’s school population, so the district plans to give out about $100,000. The actual numbers could vary because the awards are funded in part by license plate sales.
To qualify under the CMS proposal, teachers would have to meet these criteria:
• Teach at one of the 14 consistently underperforming schools that are part of the Beacon Initiative developed this school year. That program is putting together individualized plans for each campus to sustainably increase performance.
• Be at least proficient in all leadership and student learning standards.
• Have at least one rating above proficient.
• Meet some attendance benchmark. The specifics weren’t outlined at the meeting.
School boards were supposed to send the plans to an N.C. House and Senate committee by Thursday.