By Natalie Neumann
Maryland's second largest school system is rewarding teachers for good performance in the classroom.
Prince George's County is paying $1.1 million to 279 teachers and administrators from a dozen schools who volunteered for the merit pay pilot program.
The program offers bonuses of up to $10,000 for teachers, $11,500 for assistant principals and $12,000 for principals. Half of the bonus money is tied to state test scores while and the other half is tied to teaching hard-to-staff subjects, classroom skills evaluations and professional development participation.
Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools William Hite Jr. tells the Washington Post he'd like to see the program expanded and he is working with the teachers union to accomplish that.
Hite says it's too early to say whether the program has affected academic skills.