BOSTON TEACHERS are on the verge of losing $9 million in well-deserved bonuses for going the extra mile to turn around failing schools. Meanwhile, their union leadership is blithely using the potential loss of funds as a bargaining ploy to squeeze the city for a richer teachers’ contract.
In 2010, the US Department of Education awarded $9.3 million to Boston and $12.6 million to Springfield from the federal Teacher Incentive Fund. The money is for the recruitment, retention, and training of top educators to work in the systems’ toughest schools. In addition to giving top teachers a pay boost, the federal government seeks to prompt districts to adopt new teacher evaluation systems in the process.