Very interesting response to merit pay from teachers. What do you think?
The teachers in Lee, Massachusetts, received merit pay for higher scores, funded by the Gates Foundation.
In a letter to the Berkshire Eagle, they explained why they rejected the money.
Letter: No merit pay for Lee A.P. teachers
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
While we appreciate the article “Investing in students’ futures” (Eagle, Dec. 3), we would like to make some clarifications.
The $8,700 that the Lee Middle and High School A.P. teachers gave to the school is not from “grant pay,” but rather “merit pay,” earned as a result of high student scores on last spring’s A.P. exams. Unfortunately, the acceptance of “merit pay” was a non-negotiable requirement imposed by MMSI as part of the grant. We accepted these terms only for the additional benefit that a strong and varied A.P. program would provide for our students — “merit pay” was not an incentive to us. By…
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