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New teacher incentive program

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Teachers at seven schools in our area could soon earn extra cash for going the extra mile.

We told you earlier this year about the governor's program to reward teachers at hard-to-staff schools. Now we know which 25 schools in the state have been selected to participate in the program.

Just within in Richmond, $3,000 of federal money will be set aside for outstanding teachers – money that comes from a school improvement grant for Armstrong High, Bourshall Middle and Thompson Middle School.

Stephanie Hooks specializes in such programs for Richmond Public Schools.

"It's basically trying to get teachers to ramp up what their already doing. That's already great," said Hooks.

There is a strict evaluation process. Forty percent of it will be based on student academic growth - like SOL test scores. The rest is based on peer performance reviews and self evaluations.

This could mean better test scores, better grades and a better school for your child, but not everyone agrees this incentive program will work.

"If we had a generic cut out student to put in each seat and evaluate teachers that way, it'd be one thing. If you tie it directly to state testing, it could be very difficult," said 9th grade World History teacher, Joseph Petrosino.

Petrosino says the program is not always fair.

"I feel as though I can do very well in my educational setting but I know not every teacher feels that way, different students will affect different teachers different ways," he said.

Richmond public schools says there are still a lot of details to work out this summer before the program starts next school year.

The participating school divisions and schools, with descriptions of each pilot, are:

  • Accomack County — State-funded performance award of $3,000 for teachers in grades 2-5 at Kegotank Elementary and Pungoteague Elementary earning an exemplary rating with an additional $2,000 if schoolwide goals are met
  • Caroline County — State-funded performance award of $5,000 for teachers at Caroline High and Madison Elementary earning an exemplary rating
  • Colonial Beach — Federally funded $3,000 performance award for teachers at Colonial Beach High earning an exemplary rating
  • Dinwiddie County — State-funded $5,000 performance awards for English, mathematics, social science and special education teachers at Dinwiddie County Middle earning an exemplary rating
  • Fluvanna County — Federally funded $3,000 performance award for teachers at Central Elementary, Columbia Elementary and Cunningham Elementary earning an exemplary rating
  • Franklin — Federally funded $3,000 performance award for teachers at Franklin High earning an exemplary rating
  • Greensville County — State-funded $5,000 performance awards for teachers in the four tested content areas at Edward W. Wyatt Middle earning exemplary ratings
  • Hopewell — Federally funded $3,000 performance award for teachers at Hopewell High earning an exemplary rating
  • Northampton County — Federally funded $3,000 performance award for teachers at Kiptopeake Elementary and Northampton High earning an exemplary rating
  • Patrick County — State-funded $5,000 performance awards for full-time teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary and Hardin Reynolds Memorial (grades 4-7) earning an exemplary rating and awards of $3,000 for itinerate teachers earning an exemplary rating
  • Petersburg — Federally funded $3,000 for teachers at A.P. Hill Elementary and Peabody Middle earning an exemplary rating
  • Richmond — Federally funded $3,000 performance awards for teachers at Armstrong High, Boushall Middle and Thompson Middle earning an exemplary rating
  • Roanoke — State-funded $5,000 performance awards for teachers at Patrick Henry High earning an exemplary rating; and federally funded $3,000 awards for exemplary-rated teachers at Fleming High, Lincoln Terrace Elementary and Westside Elementary

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