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Teachers offered $5,000 incentive at "hard to staff" schools

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – An incentive pay proposal for teachers tops the governor's plan for moving K-12 education forward.

The pilot program announced today would award up to $5,000 to teachers in schools identified as "hard to staff". The hope is that the grants will attract teachers who can help improve school performance and student achievement.

"A young person's opportunity should not be constrained by their ZIP code, but should be a function of their intellect, their god given talents, and their work ethic," said Gov. Bob McDonnell.

There are approximately 190 "hard to staff" schools in Virginia. They face unique challenges, sometimes related to attendance, special needs, and language barriers. Teachers, also, don't often stay very long. Some leave for new jobs after just one year.

Now, teachers at certain schools may soon be eligible for an extra $5,000 if they take a job at a "hard to staff" school.

Dr. Bill Bosher is NBC12's education specialist.

"The greatest impediment to the morale of an outstanding teacher is to think that incompetence will be protected or ignored," Bosher said.

Bosher notes that teacher incentive pay has been tried before. It can work, he says, as long as the program doesn't run out of money.

"If everyone meets the standard, then you need to pay them. So they've often fell because of the weight, the burden, of trying to match the funding with the expectation," Bosher said.

The plan proposed by McDonnell is backed by a $3 million federal grant. It targets 24 schools in Richmond alone, where one parent said her student is doing well.

"The first time, when he go to the school, he never speak English, and now, he can speak really good  English. And he can recognize numbers, letters," said Aracely Loco, whose child attends G.H. Reid Elementary.

But teachers will not only have to work at a select school. They'll have to prove that students are succeeding, too.

"If you say to us, this is where we want students to be, and we'll pay you more to get them there, they  will get there. The real question is, how do they get there, and what do they know?" Bosher said.

The McDonnell plan is included in his budget amendments for the coming year. It would take effect in July, if approved by the General Assembly.

Press release from Virginia Department of Education:

RICHMOND, VA - A hard-to-staff school in a Virginia school division has been identified as one that meets at least four of the following eight criteria:

  • Accredited with warning;
  • Average daily attendance rate is two percentage points below the statewide average;
  • Percent of special education students exceeds 150 percent of the statewide average;
  • Percent of limited English proficient (LEP) students exceeds 150 percent of the statewide average;
  • Percent of teachers with provisional licenses exceeds 150 percent of the statewide average;
  • Percent of special education teachers with provisional special education licenses exceeds 150 percent of the statewide average;
  • Percent of inexperienced teachers (0 years of teaching experience) hired to total teachers exceeds 150 percent of the statewide average; and
  • School has one or more inexperienced teachers (0 years of teaching experience) in a critical shortage area.

Virginia Department of Education Hard-to-Staff Schools for School Year 2010-2011 (from School Year 2009-10 data):


Supts.' Region

Div. No.

Division Name

School Name

1

19

CHARLES CITY CO PBLC SCHS

CHARLES CITY CO MIDDLE

1

21

CHESTERFIELD CO PBLC SCHS

A M DAVIS ELEM.

1

21

CHESTERFIELD CO PBLC SCHS

PERRYMONT MIDDLE

1

27

DINWIDDIE CO PBLC SCHS

DINWIDDIE MIDDLE

1

37

GOOCHLAND CO PBLC SCHS

GOOCHLAND MIDDLE

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

ACADEMY AT VIRGINIA RANDOLPH

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

BAKER ELEM.

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

FAIRFIELD MIDDLE

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

HIGHLAND SPRINGS ELEM.

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

HIGHLAND SPRINGS HIGH

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

L. DOUGLAS WILDER MIDDLE

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

ROLFE MIDDLE

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

SKIPWITH ELEM.

1

43

HENRICO CO PBLC SCHS

VARINA HIGH

1

63

NEW KENT CO PBLC SCHS

NEW KENT MIDDLE

1

91

SUSSEX CO PBLC SCHS

SUSSEX CENTRAL MIDDLE

1

114

HOPEWELL CITY PBLC SCHS

CARTER G. WOODSON MIDDLE

1

114

HOPEWELL CITY PBLC SCHS

HOPEWELL HIGH

1

120

PETERSBURG CITY PBLC SCHS

PEABODY MIDDLE

1

120

PETERSBURG CITY PBLC SCHS

VERNON JOHNS JR. HIGH

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

ADULT CAREER DEV. CTR.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

ALBERT HILL MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

ARMSTRONG HIGH

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

BELLEVUE ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

BINFORD MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

CHIMBORAZO ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

E.S.H. GREENE ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

ELKHARDT MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

FAIRFIELD COURT ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

FRED D. THOMPSON MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

G.H. REID ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

GEORGE MASON ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

GEORGE W. CARVER ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

GEORGE WYTHE HIGH

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

HENDERSON MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

HUGUENOT HIGH

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

JOHN MARSHALL HIGH

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

LUCILLE M. BROWN MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

MILES JONES ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

RICHMOND ALTERNATIVE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

SUMMER HILL/RUFFIN ROAD ELEM.

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

THOMAS C. BOUSHALL MIDDLE

1

123

RICHMOND CITY PBLC SCHS

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH

2

1

ACCOMACK CO PBLC SCHS

KEGOTANK ELEM.

2

1

ACCOMACK CO PBLC SCHS

PUNGOTEAGUE ELEM.

2

65

NORTHAMPTON CO PBLC SCHS

KIPTOPEKE ELEM.

2

65

NORTHAMPTON CO PBLC SCHS

NORTHAMPTON HIGH

2

98

YORK CO PBLC SCHS

YORK RIVER ACADEMY

2

112

HAMPTON CITY PBLC SCHS

C VERNON SPRATLEY MIDDLE

2

112

HAMPTON CITY PBLC SCHS

C. ALTON LINDSAY MIDDLE

2

112

HAMPTON CITY PBLC SCHS

CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH ELEM.

2

112

HAMPTON CITY PBLC SCHS

HAMPTON HIGH

2

112

HAMPTON CITY PBLC SCHS

JANE H. BRYAN ELEM.

2

112

HAMPTON CITY PBLC SCHS

MERRIMACK ELEM.

2

117

NEWPORT NEWS CITY PBLC SCHS

DENBIGH HIGH

2

118

NORFOLK CITY PBLC SCHS

AZALEA MIDDLE

2

118

NORFOLK CITY PBLC SCHS

LAFAYETTE-WINONA MIDDLE

2

118

NORFOLK CITY PBLC SCHS

LAKE TAYLOR MIDDLE

2

118

NORFOLK CITY PBLC SCHS

LINDENWOOD ELEM.

2

118

NORFOLK CITY PBLC SCHS

MADISON

2

118

NORFOLK CITY PBLC SCHS

NORVIEW MIDDLE

2

118

NORFOLK CITY PBLC SCHS

RUFFNER MIDDLE

2

121

PORTSMOUTH CITY PBLC SCHS

CHURCHLAND ACADEMY ELEM.

2

121

PORTSMOUTH CITY PBLC SCHS

CRADOCK MIDDLE

2

121

PORTSMOUTH CITY PBLC SCHS

VICTORY ELEMENTARY

2

121

PORTSMOUTH CITY PBLC SCHS

WOODROW WILSON HIGH

2

135

FRANKLIN CITY PBLC SCHS

FRANKLIN HIGH

3

17

CAROLINE CO PBLC SCHS

CAROLINE HIGH

3

17

CAROLINE CO PBLC SCHS

MADISON ELEM.

3

28

ESSEX CO PBLC SCHS

ESSEX INT.

3

49

KING AND QUEEN CO PBLC SCHS

CENTRAL HIGH

3

89

STAFFORD CO PBLC SCHS

COLONIAL FORGE HIGH

3

89

STAFFORD CO PBLC SCHS

KATE WALLER BARRETT ELEM.

3

95

WESTMORELAND CO PBLC SCHS

WASHINGTON & LEE HIGH

3

95

WESTMORELAND CO PBLC SCHS

WASHINGTON DISTRICT ELEM.

3

202

COLONIAL BEACH PBLC SCHS

COLONIAL BEACH HIGH

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

ABINGDON ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

ARLINGTON TRADITIONAL

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

ASHLAWN ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

BARRETT ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

CAMPBELL ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

CARLIN SPRINGS ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

CLAREMONT IMMERSION

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

DREW MODEL ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

GUNSTON MIDDLE

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

HENRY ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

HOFFMAN-BOSTON ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

LONG BRANCH ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

OAKRIDGE ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

RANDOLPH ELEM.

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

SWANSON MIDDLE

4

7

ARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS

WASHINGTON LEE HIGH

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

BAILEYS ELEM.

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

BRYANT ALTERNATIVE HIGH

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

FRANCONIA ELEM.

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

HAYFIELD ELEM.

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

KEY CENTER

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

KILMER CENTER

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

LITTLE RUN ELEM.

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

NORTH SPRINGFIELD ELEM.

4

29

FAIRFAX CO PBLC SCHS

WOODSON ADULT HIGH

4

30

FAUQUIER CO PBLC SCHS

GREENVILLE ELEM.

4

30

FAUQUIER CO PBLC SCHS

KETTLE RUN HIGH SCH

4

34

FREDERICK CO PBLC SCHS

ROBERT E. AYLOR MIDDLE

4

53

LOUDOUN CO PBLC SCHS

CREIGHTON'S CORNER ELEM.

4

53

LOUDOUN CO PBLC SCHS

FREEDOM HIGH

4

53

LOUDOUN CO PBLC SCHS

ROLLING RIDGE ELEM.

4

53

LOUDOUN CO PBLC SCHS

STONE HILL MIDDLE

4

53

LOUDOUN CO PBLC SCHS

SUGARLAND ELEM.

4

68

ORANGE CO PBLC SCHS

ORANGE CO. HIGH

4

69

PAGE CO PBLC SCHS

LURAY MIDDLE

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

ANTIETAM ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

COLES ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

ENTERPRISE ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

FANNIE W. FITZGERALD ELEM. SCH.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

FRED M. LYNN MIDDLE

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

KERRYDALE ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

LOCH LOMOND ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

MILLS E. GODWIN MIDDLE

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

POTOMAC VIEW ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

ROSA PARKS ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

VICTORY ELEM.

4

75

PRINCE WILLIAM CO PBLC SCHS

WOODBRIDGE MIDDLE

4

93

WARREN CO PBLC SCHS

SKYLINE HIGH

4

93

WARREN CO PBLC SCHS

WARREN COUNTY HIGH

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

CORA KELLY MAGNET ELEM.

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

FRANCIS HAMMOND 2 MIDDLE

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

FRANCIS HAMMOND 3 MIDDLE

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

GEORGE MASON ELEM.

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

JAMES K POLK ELEM.

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

MOUNT VERNON ELEM.

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

TC WILLIAMS HIGH

4

101

ALEXANDRIA CITY PBLC SCHS

WILLIAM RAMSAY ELEM.

4

143

MANASSAS CITY PBLC SCHS

OSBOURN HIGH

4

143

MANASSAS CITY PBLC SCHS

WEEMS ELEM.

4

144

MANASSAS PARK CITY PBLC SCHS

COUGAR ELEM.

4

144

MANASSAS PARK CITY PBLC SCHS

MANASSAS PARK ELEM.

5

2

ALBEMARLE CO PBLC SCHS

ALBEMARLE COUNTY COMMUNITY PUBLIC CHARTER

5

54

LOUISA CO PBLC SCHS

TREVILIANS ELEM.

5

81

ROCKBRIDGE CO PBLC SCHS

MAURY RIVER MIDDLE

6

33

FRANKLIN CO PBLC SCHS

ROCKY MOUNT ELEM.

6

33

FRANKLIN CO PBLC SCHS

WINDY GAP ELEM.

6

44

HENRY CO PBLC SCHS

AXTON ELEM.

6

60

MONTGOMERY CO PBLC SCHS

AUBURN HIGH

6

70

PATRICK CO PBLC SCHS

BLUE RIDGE ELEM.

6

70

PATRICK CO PBLC SCHS

HARDIN REYNOLDS ELEM.

6

107

COVINGTON CITY PBLC SCHS

COVINGTON HIGH

6

124

ROANOKE CITY PBLC SCHS

PATRICK HENRY HIGH

6

124

ROANOKE CITY PBLC SCHS

WESTSIDE ELEM.

7

14

BUCHANAN CO PBLC SCHS

HURLEY HIGH

7

14

BUCHANAN CO PBLC SCHS

TWIN VALLEY HIGH

7

38

GRAYSON CO PBLC SCHS

GRAYSON COUNTY HIGH

7

38

GRAYSON CO PBLC SCHS

MT. ROGERS COMBINED

7

52

LEE CO PBLC SCHS

DRYDEN ELEMENTARY

7

52

LEE CO PBLC SCHS

FLATWOODS ELEM.

7

52

LEE CO PBLC SCHS

THOMAS WALKER HIGH

7

77

PULASKI CO PBLC SCHS

FAIRLAWN COOPERATIVE TRANSITION CENTER PROGRAM

7

77

PULASKI CO PBLC SCHS

PULASKI COUNTY SR. HIGH

7

83

RUSSELL CO PBLC SCHS

CASTLEWOOD HIGH

7

83

RUSSELL CO PBLC SCHS

LEBANON MIDDLE

7

97

WYTHE CO PBLC SCHS

RURAL RETREAT MIDDLE

7

97

WYTHE CO PBLC SCHS

SCOTT MEMORIAL MIDDLE

7

97

WYTHE CO PBLC SCHS

WYTHE COUNTY TECH CENTER

8

13

BRUNSWICK CO PBLC SCHS

JAMES S RUSSELL MIDDLE

8

25

CUMBERLAND CO PBLC SCHS

CUMBERLAND HIGH

8

25

CUMBERLAND CO PBLC SCHS

CUMBERLAND MIDDLE

8

40

GREENSVILLE CO PBLC SCHS

EDWARD W WYATT MIDDLE

8

55

LUNENBURG CO PBLC SCHS

CENTRAL HIGH

8

55

LUNENBURG CO PBLC SCHS

LUNENBURG MIDDLE

8

58

MECKLENBURG CO PBLC SCHS

BLUESTONE  HIGH

8

73

PRINCE EDWARD CO PBLC SCHS

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY HIGH

 

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