SC senator outlines incentive pay for teachers

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Democratic state senator is proposing an incentive program aimed at putting South Carolina's best teachers in front of students who need them the most.

Sen. John Matthews of Bowman said Monday teachers who have proven they can boost students' performance would be paid an additional $10,000 yearly to work in high-poverty schools. For teachers to get the money in the final year of a three-year contract, their students' test scores must show academic growth.

Matthews says he's still working on the details of a pilot program that he hopes will be added to the 2014-15 state budget.

It would also involve giving teachers bonuses for not missing school days and for traveling more than 30 miles to work. Teachers would get relocation assistance to move more than 50 miles.

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