Ohio Gov. John Kasich is promoting a plan that would tie teachers' pay incentives to performance, which he says will empower local districts to design programs that reward teachers with more money while improving student performance as well.
According to the Columbus Dispatch
, the Republican plans to present his incentive formula in private meetings with school officials and in town hall meetings before he delivers fiscal 2014-2015 budget request to the legislature on Feb. 4.
“I’m a big believer that you have to pay people more who do excellent jobs,” Kasich said. “I would rather have it come from the bottom up than from the top down. Because if it can come from the bottom up, then we can get agreement within the districts with the school board and the teachers and everybody else."
Kasich pointed to Cleveland Democratic Mayor Frank Jackson's school plan as the model for what he hopes to introduce statewide. According to the Dispatch, the Cleveland plan allows educators to be paid on a “differentiated” salary schedule based on performance, rather than just experience.
The governor hasn't said how his plan would help school districts come up with the funding, nor has he said how much of Cleveland's plan he expects to include in his own.
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