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Applications for New Awards; Teacher Incentive Fund

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the TIF program is to support, develop, and implement sustainable Performance-based Compensation Systems for teachers, principals, and other personnel in High-Need Schools, within the context of a local educational agency’s overall Human Capital Management System, in order to increase Educator effectiveness and student achievement in those schools.

Background: The TIF program is based on the premise, supported by 20 years of research, that effective teachers are the most critical in-school factor in improving student outcomes.

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds: $50,000,000-$70,000,000.

Estimated Range of Awards: $500,000-$12,000,000 for the first year of the project period.

Eligible Applicants:

(a) LEAs, including charter schools that are LEAs.

(b) States that apply with one or more LEAs.

(c) Nonprofit organizations that apply in partnership with one or more LEAs or an LEA and State.

Nearly twenty years ago this report was published by the Federal government:

A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n
Turning Around Low-Performing Schools: A Guide for State and Local Leaders (May 1998)
Focus on Learning: Promising Strategies for Improving Student Achievement

“A recent study of 26 high-achieving, high-poverty schools in Texas bolsters decades of effective schools research. Effective schools exhibited the following characteristics:

a strong focus on ensuring academic success for each student; a refusal to accept excuses for poor performance; a willingness to experiment with a variety of strategies; intensive and sustained efforts to involve parents and the community; an environment of mutual respect and collaboration; and a passion for continuous improvement and professional growth.”

Seventy million dollars collected in taxes from the American people to support performance based compensation in high need schools only supports the increase in profits for the “hedgehogs” who flood the field of teaching with individuals who are incentivized by monetary reward.

Teaching is a dedication and dedicated teachers know and understand that money is not the key to improving student outcomes, just the opposite is true.

Believing in our children improves their outcomes.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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