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$710K available for Rankin teachers for merit-based pay

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Assistant Superintendent Richard Morrison says $710,000 in bonus money is up for grabs among the district's 1,400 teachers. Assistant Superintendent Richard Morrison says $710,000 in bonus money is up for grabs among the district's 1,400 teachers.
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Brandon High School English and yearbook teacher Nichole Robinson works hard with her students. She's also working on a detailed teacher website that will include everything her students need to know.

Maintaining a website is one of the components that will earn Rankin County teachers merit-based pay this year. Since Robinson doesn't teach any classes where students take the MCT or other standardized test, her performance will be measured on other factors.

"A large part of this model is MSTAR, which is the new accountability for teachers. But that inspires us to do good practices of teaching and to grow as professionals," she says.

Teacher attendance is another component.

But teachers that do give standardized tests will also be measured on student growth. So Rankin County has two different pots of bonus cash to be distributed among the teachers who meet all the milestones for merit-based pay.

Assistant Superintendent Richard Morrison says $710,000 in bonus money is up for grabs among the district's 1,400 teachers.

"Of course, the fewer teachers that meet it, the higher their (bonus) will be. If they all meet it, they all will receive some sort of bonus," Morrison says.

Robinson was one of the teachers who met with administrators recently and devised the reward formula. The district understands that the idea of merit-based pay doesn't please all teachers, but Robinson encourages her co-workers to look at it as a goal.

"We shouldn't see it as a stress point. We will still get the same salary we would have gotten. This is almost seen as a bonus or enhancement to say thank you to teachers that were able to achieve, in a year, something above and beyond," she says. 

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