Deadline for Teacher Merit Pay Nears

TAMPA -

Hillsborough County's School Board was the first in the state to adopt a teacher performance pay plan.

The state Board of Education approved three more district STAR plans yesterday and another 16 proposals are considered in compliance.

STAR stands for Special Teachers Are Rewarded and is a cornerstone of Governor Jeb Bush's reforms.

BUSH: There is no state that I am aware of that has a STAR program. And, its implementation is going to go a long way to assure we have rising student achievement consistently across the board.

The statewide teachers union has filed an administrative challenge to the program although a few local unions have approved district plans.

The bonuses are based on instructional performance and student achievement on standardized tests including the F-CAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test).

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