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Performance-based pay increasingly taking effect in state classrooms

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - More Wisconsin public school teachers will be paid according to their performance this fall.

That's the apparent result of a new statewide teacher evaluation system which takes effect in the coming school year -- plus the near-elimination of collective bargaining as the state's Act 10 begins its fourth year.

Wauwatosa was among the school districts approving the move toward the type of performance incentives often seen in the private sector. The Journal Sentinel says compensation in the 'Tosa schools will now be based on the leadership roles teachers take, the levels of their professional development, and incentive bonuses.

Also, the district is flattening its pay scale by giving larger pay raises to less-experienced teachers.

Act 10 has caused school districts to be less reliant on previously negotiated pay plans that are based on mainly on experience and years of service.

A few months ago, it was reported that some teachers were getting higher salary offers to move to other districts -- something often seen among talented pros in the private sector.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)