“We are deeply disappointed at the House’s vote to defund the state teacher incentive pay programs. The House vote puts successful incentive pay programs – such as Houston ISD’s ASPIRE program – in jeopardy by altering the method of funding and distributing it through the formulas to all school districts regardless of their interest in incentive pay.

“The unpredictability of state funding has been a major deterrent to school districts adopting incentive pay programs. Major changes such as this punish those school districts that have embraced incentive pay by cutting the funding they will receive. We encourage the budget conferees to adopt the Senate’s approach and restore funding to the state incentive pay programs.”

Brooke Terry is an education policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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