NC leaders want teacher raises based on results. CMS is tapped to show them how

From The Charlotte Observer, August 3, 2017, by Ann Doss Helms and T. Keung Hui

As North Carolina’s leaders look for ways to pay the state’s best teachers for results, they’re putting their money on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help them figure it out.

CMS was one of six districts awarded grants for systems that pay teachers for results and leadership, rather than just experience and credentials. While some of the other districts are just getting started, CMS is already four years down that road. Last year 97 teachers at 21 schools took on added duties in exchange for annual stipends that range from $1,500 to $20,000.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Edgecombe County, Pitt County, Vance County and Washington County school districts were also chosen from a dozen applicants for the $10 million three-year grant program.

“For us it has been fantastic,” said Melissa Stormont, who’s in charge of the CMS Success by Design project. The grant approved by the state Board of Education will provide CMS up to $2.6 million over the next three years.
“This is an opportunity for teachers to advance in their career while still working with students in the classroom,” said Bryan Hassel, co-director of Public Impact®, a Chapel Hill-based education firm that helped launch the CMS program and is now working with two of the districts in the pilot program. Read the full article…

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