Teaching Profession

TIF Poised to Receive Big Boost in Spending Bill

By Stephen Sawchuk — December 10, 2009 1 min read

Over at Politics K-12 Alyson Klein has an update on the education spending bills.

Not all of the Obama administration’s education plans, she notes, look like they’ll be carried out by lawmakers. But one that seems to have received bipartisan support is a boost for the Teacher Incentive Fund, a federal performance-based pay program begun in 2006.

In the package now under consideration, the program would receive $400 million. That’s a lot more than the Bush administration was ever able to secure for TIF. Such funding would also come on top of the $200 million TIF got in the economic-stimulus legislation.

With that amount of cash on the line, the details of the program will be more important than ever. We know that the administration wants to make changes by allowing all individuals in a school building eligible for bonuses, not just teachers and principals. Another thing to watch for, as I’ve pointed out before, is whether the new program will dovetail with collective bargaining.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.