Friday AM News: Merit Pay Has Arrived

City teachers to get merit bonus Tribune
Chicago Public Schools will launch one of the nation's most ambitious merit pay systems with a $27.5 million federal grant that will allow the district to reward exemplary teachers and principals in hard-to-staff schools, officials announced Thursday.

Can merit pay turn around failing schools? Sun-Times
Teachers at 40 struggling Chicago schools could earn up to $9,000 more a year under a plan announced Thursday that will make Chicago the largest school district in the nation to experiment with merit pay for teachers.

Some inner-city teachers to get pay boost Sun-Times
Teachers at 40 of Chicagos struggling inner-city public schools will be able to boost their annual salaries by as much as $9,000 a year, thanks to a groundbreaking merit pay program made possible by a $27.5 million federal grant.

Chicago Schools Get Money to Keep Better Teachers WBEZ
Chicago teachers at some of the city's worst performing schools may get extra mentoring and bonus pay with the help from a new federal grant to Chicago public schools. The U.S. Department of Education is giving 16 grants nationwide. Chicago is receiving the largest sum $27.5 million.

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