Education "Upgrade" Up for Debate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

One aspect of Gov. Haley Barbour's "Upgrade" education package that's under question is a pay-for-performance clause in which teachers would receive higher pay for teachers of math, science, foreign languages or other academic areas in which it's traditionally more difficult to fill jobs.

Barbour says that part of his plan is based on a successful program introduced in North Carolina.

The president of the state's American Federation of Teachers says that clause is different in details and is too open to the possibility of raises being influenced by in-school politics.

And other teachers say Mississippi needs to take more steps to get all educators off the bottom of national pay scales before starting a pay-for-performance plan.

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