Anoka-Hennepin Teachers Reject Merit Pay Program

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A merit pay and enhanced evaluation program didn’t get the support of enough teachers in the state’s largest school district to pass.

Local teachers union president Julie Blaha says 75 percent of the teachers who voted this week needed to support the Q Comp program to send it to the Anoka-Hennepin School Board for final approval.

She says on Thursday that only 59 percent of the 2,034 teachers who voted supported the plan.

If it had been approved, it would have triggered $6.5 million in state money and would have permitted the district to levy another $3.5 million.

Blaha says some teachers apparently rejected the proposal because they thought it was inappropriate to get bonus pay when class sizes were growing.

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  • Tad G

    Who or what dictated that 75% was required?
    59% elects a President and anyone to any office. but that;s not good enough for this?

    Bet that means 59% are not happy campers. The minority rules. Stranger than strange no???????

  • Dang Straight

    It’s part of the state law that created Q-Comp.

  • Tad G

    Thanks for answer.
    Another dumb question if I may – does the manner in which they evaluate all vary from District to District or it that a State thing? Maybe I am crazy but I can’t imagaine all areas would be graded the same as student body is so different. Or do they?

  • HDC

    about Q Comp- “Q Comp was enacted through a bipartisan agreement in the Minnesota Legislature in July 2005. It is a voluntary program that allows local districts and exclusive representatives of the teachers to design and collectively bargain a plan that meets the five components of the law. The five components under Q Comp include Career ladder/Advancement Options, Job-embedded Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Pay, and an Alternative Salary Schedule.

    Approved school districts receive up to $260 per student ($169 per student in state aid and $91 per student in board-approved levy) for the program. Charter schools, integration districts, intermediate districts and the Perpich Center for the Arts receive approximately $240 per student in state aid through an equalized levy since these entities do not have authority to impose local tax levies.”

    Has NOTHING TO DO WITH CLASS SIZES! or did i misread?

    smells like greed and lies to me.

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