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Monday, February 8, 2010 - 12:37pm

Changes to Teacher Pay Proposed

A bill to change the way teachers are paid in Georgia was introduced today in the state legislature.

The proposal is backed by Governor Sonny Perdue and would base teacher pay on student performance and peer reviews rather than teacher education level. The Department of Education would be charged with designing evaluation tools.

Perdue says he wants to find a way for teachers to make more money based on their effectiveness.

"I think they would top out at a much higher level than they would today and having a wage where possibly a single breadwinner could provide for a family in the field of education," says Perdue.

The governor encouraged teachers to contact their local representatives with feedback on the bill. Changing the teacher pay structure, Perdue says could help the state get additional federal dollars through a "race to the top" grant.