SALT LAKE CITY -- A pilot program at five Utah schools will give teachers the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 more for improving student performance, parent satisfaction and giving quality instruction.
Most teacher pay now is based on years of experience and educational background.
The program will cost $300,000 a year, drawing criticism from some who say it is not the best use of state money during difficult budget times. But some say the program is the first step in spreading performance pay statewide.
State Rep. Greg Hughes, a Draper Republican, says it makes sense to reward teachers who perform well. Hughes sponsored the 2009 bill that created the program. He says he hopes performance pay for teachers boosts student performance and helps to attract and retain better educators.