Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is taking positive steps toward meaningful education reform in Washington, D.C.  The Washington Post has the details: 



D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is proposing a contract that would give mid-level teachers who are paid $62,000 yearly the opportunity to earn more than $100,000 — but they would have to give up seniority and tenure rights, two union members familiar with the negotiations said yesterday.


Under the proposal, the school system would establish two pay tiers, red and green, said the union members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. Teachers in the red tier would receive traditional raises and would maintain tenure. Those who voluntarily go into the green tier would receive thousands of dollars in bonuses and raises, funded with foundation grants, for relinquishing tenure.


Teachers in the green tier would be reviewed yearly and would be allowed to continue in their jobs only if they passed an evaluation and boosted students’ test scores, the union members said.


Fancy that — paying teachers for performance and not for seniority!  More here.