OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to tie teacher bonus pay to a new evaluation program has cleared a House committee despite concern the proposal will replace a separate incentive for teachers who receive National Board Certification.
The House Appropriations Committee voted 13-10 Wednesday for the bill to provide a $1,000 bonus for "superior" rated teachers under the new Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System, or TLE. Teachers receiving a "highly effective" ranking would get a $500 bonus.
Some members opposed the program because it aims to replace the current system that awards nationally board certified teachers a $5,000 annual stipend. New applicants to that program no longer are receiving the stipend after the Legislature first suspended it in 2010 because of statewide budget cuts.
Senate Bill 316: http://bit.ly/16YZFkA