Merit pay plan for district's teachers axed

  • Article by: SARAH LEMAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 29, 2011 - 8:15 PM

The program awarded up to $2,000 a year to top instructors in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District.

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SUMMITOct. 30, 11 3:54 PM

District administration is blatantly attempting to create conflict with the teachers in 191. They are quite adept at hiding their agenda from a school board that is too trusting of them. This is not good for the students in 191

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mplsprofOct. 30, 11 4:24 PM

I get a bad feeling about unions not wishing to allow their rank and file vote on these plans... this has nothing to do with students

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howard43Oct. 30, 11 4:28 PM

Classic union hypocrisy...they always want more money but don't want to be evaluated and have the best teachers make more. That undermines their group mentality. Of course they throw out the "we don't trust the administration" argument which they've used for decades. I'm not sure why any administration would ever trust the union. They don't want the additional money??? fine, my district will gladly take it.

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SUMMITOct. 30, 11 8:25 PM

actually howard43 ISD 191 has a long history of great relations between administration and the teachers. Teachers don't hold back their "best effort" waiting for a money incentive to be dangled in front of them. The whole idea of Q comp is silly at best, pandering to idiotic fantasy at worst.

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jackpine091Oct. 31, 11 9:18 AM

Q-Comp does nothing more than treat teachers as little more than trained dogs. If you do this, I'll give you a treat. How simple minded!

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markerminnOct. 31, 11 1:23 PM

99.6% of teachers got extra pay. That really does not separate the best from the rest. Typical government / union arrangement. Does everyone get a participation trophy too?

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keendawg69Oct. 31, 11 4:11 PM

99.6 percent of teachers in the Burnsville district earned extra pay by meeting performance standards>>>>>Shouldn't meeting performance standards be part of their regular salary? Why do they get extra pay for this?

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turno77Nov. 1, 11 8:36 AM

From the 2nd and last paragraphs of the article: The district was among the early adopters of Q Comp, an initiative of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty that's meant to improve student learning by encouraging teachers to build their own skills. But Q Comp, he argued, "had a very minimal impact on student achievement." I think there is another story to tell here. Especially since 99.6% of teachers earned extra pay under the program.

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unionsrockNov. 8, 1110:27 PM

Q-Comp is a sham. My school district is in it and teachers don't really do a whole lot more than they regularly would. My district is usually at the top of state testing.

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