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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:06 am, Sat Sep 29, 2012.

Aspire Public Schools has earned nearly $12 million in grants for their innovations in teacher evaluations.

The money was awarded by the Teacher Incentive Fund, a program with the U.S. Department of Education that supports the development of performance-based pay systems.

Aspire will use the funding to expand its performance-based compensation system to all of its schools and teachers.

The grant is for the first two years of a five-year program. The project will cost more than $27 million and serve 29 schools. The objectives of the project are to improve teacher and principal effectiveness to improve student achievement, graduation rates and college readiness. The system provides incentives and additional compensation for teachers and principals who are found to be effective or better in evaluations, as well as those who take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:58 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I did not ask you to know what I think, that would be impossible. However, you being an educator and having an IQ that is high, I would assume it easy to draw conclusions and form an opinion based on the knowledge of the subject matter and what the article claims. If it is difficult for you, no problem. That is what I expect from people that cannot think outside the box even when they are as intelligent as you.

    I sincerely want to see how you think and perceive things without influence from my perspective that may be right or wrong.

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 8:12 am on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 531

    No, I do not presume to think what goes on in that head of yours. I do not know what you think their objectives are. That is why I asked what you think their objectives are.

    You are the one challenging their objectives. In cards, you've been "called", it is now your turn to lay down your cards.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:33 am on Sun, Sep 30, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I intentionally left off what I think... many people like yourself insist they know what I will write before I write it.

    Use your imagination Mr Tillett. What do you think I think?... and... do you think their objectives are actually as stated?

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 7:42 pm on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 531

    Ok, I'll bite. What do YOU think their objectives are?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:56 pm on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Article stated...The objectives of the project are to improve teacher and principal effectiveness to improve student achievement, graduation rates and college readiness.

    If anyone actually believes that the "real" objective is as stated, I have some real estate deals on Mars just for you... [lol][innocent][whistling] LOL



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