A group of teachers recently voiced complaints about the Houston Independent School District’s bonus program.
From a Houston Chronicle report (“Rowdy HISD teachers demand change“):
A rowdy group of more than 300 teachers pleaded with the Houston school board Thursday to scrap â€” or at least overhaul â€” the performance-pay plan that they say has hurt morale and divided campuses.
Wearing pins that called the bonus pay “rotten to the core,” the standing-room-only crowd of educators shouted down and heckled district leaders, especially after they acknowledged problems with the plan.
Since the initial $14 million payout late last month, the Houston Independent School District has paid nearly $1 million more to several hundred teachers who were overlooked when the first checks were cut, said Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. A committee of teachers and other HISD employees also began meeting this week to offer suggestions for retooling the system.