Budget panel OKs new Oklahoma teacher-bonus plan

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 1:04 AM

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.

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