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Merit based pay a sticking point in state budget

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Many teachers feel that merit based pay is redundant in respect to Race to the Top funding and Senate Bill five, but some administrators say, the more accountability the better.

"It's almost like they're trying to slam it right down your throat," said Fairfield Teachers Union president Tim Adams. 
 
Adams says  he'd like to see the issue of merit based pay taken out of the state budget, not because he's opposed to it, but because he says district like Fairfield were already implementing their own performance pay system, which was required in order to receive their Race to the Top federal funding.
 
"It's basing it strictly on an individual's score on one test, where as what we're looking at is, you take what's going on through out the entire year," Adams said.
 
Adams says Fairfield teachers are concerned that the budget's merit based pay plan is narrowly focused on test scores when evaluating teachers -- and coupled with Senate Bill 5, he says it's a double whammy.
 
"They're worried about it because there's a lot of things that we don't have control over," Adams said.
 
"Everybody measures worker success, we must do that in education as well," said Springboro school board member Kelly Kohls.
 
Kohls says she's grateful to see performance pay in the budget, adding further accountability for teachers.
 
"We can measure professional behavior, how often are you late, is your classroom tidy, we need to change the system of evaluation," Kohls said.
 
The budget also prohibits giving preference based on seniority when laying off teachers. 
 

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