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Since Nashville Schools Superintendent Jesse Register acquired $30.2 million dollars in federal Race to the Top money, one of the items on his agenda has been to decide if some of that money should be used to implement a ‘Pay for Performance’ program for Tennessee teachers. Paying teachers based on their performance doesn’t come without controversy – critics, for example, question the teacher evaluation system that determines successful performance, and argue that it could create competition amongst the teachers in a school. Register doesn’t disagree – for him, a successful ‘Pay for Performance’ plan involves differentiated pay based on more than just ‘performance.’
This podcast is an extended interview from Part 4 in our ongoing coverage of the national Race to the Top competition. Listen to more podcasts and watch the full series online here: Race to the Top Series.
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