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Vermont District Drops Master-Teacher Plan

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A Vermont school district has dropped plans for a master-teacher system that would have offered $2,000 bonuses to top teachers and ranked them in three categories based on their competence.

When the superintendent of the Town of Hartford School District discussed the plan with the district's 140-member teaching staff, he found "quite a bit of negative reaction" and decided to abandon the plan, said Carl Mock, a district spokesman."There was a skepticism about the unknown," he added.

The plan was part of a larger curriculum-revision package being proposed by Superintendent John Frank.

The plan would have opened up two new teaching categories: senior teachers, with bonuses of $1,000 per year, and master teachers, with bonuses of $2,000 per year, Mr. Mock said.

Professional teachers would have remained at their current salary levels.

The method of selection had not yet been defined, he added.

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