Pay-for-performance bill stalls in SC House

A teacher helps a student with a project during class time. (Source: File)

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill creating a statewide evaluation system for teachers that ties their pay to students' performance has stalled in the House, with opponents arguing it creates unnecessary confusion.

Former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee advocated for the bill Tuesday, saying the Legislature must take a strong stand on the importance of effective teachers in the classroom. A House subcommittee chaired by the bill's sponsor decided to postpone a vote.

Teacher advocacy groups opposed the measure partly because two pay-for-performance pilot programs already are under way across the state.

Kathy Maness of the Palmetto State Teacher Association says those programs need to evaluated and the legislation isn't needed.

The state Department of Education says a statewide system is on target to be implemented next school year.

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