How did this school end up with performance pay?
The New York Times earlier this week reported on the New Americans Academy, a 2nd year school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that will eventually be K-5. The Times article focused on the Academy’s use of a modified open classroom.
But in a throw-away line they indicated that there had been a huge modification to our contract:
They found a space in an elementary school three blocks from Mr. Waronker’s [the principal – jd] home in Crown Heights, and in a special deal with the teachers’ union, he won the right to pay teachers on a scale that considered performance.
Also of note is the school’s use of a Master Teacher. I thought schools had to be on a special list of Transformation Schools to be eligible for Master Teachers?
Master Teachers (as I recall, could not find info on the UFT website) get more money for teaching fewer classes and for helping other teachers.
Performance Pay and Master Teachers are not the usual subject of SBOs. So what happened?