As can be expected, the recent bonuses doled out by HISD have caused some buzz amongst the teachers.
Teacher bonuses strike a nerve
‘Frustrating day’ for those who don’t agree with HISD’s incentive formula
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
The district doled out about $14 million in bonuses to nearly 8,000 teachers and other employees under the new performance-pay plan. The payout sparked delight among some, discontent among others.
“Today has been a pretty frustrating day for teachers across the board,” said Amy Whitlow, a first-grade teacher at Eliot Elementary who earned a $500 bonus. “There were snide remarks made toward some teachers that got higher bonuses. A lot of teachers were very angry and upset.”
Teachers across the district, for example, didn’t understand how a nurse ended up receiving a bigger bonus than a math or science teacher.
They didn’t understand how a teacher earned no bonus even though 100 percent of her students passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
And they didn’t understand how an admired educator who had been named “Teacher of the Year” received zilch.