The school board in Dallas is considering a request from school officials that the district spend $1 million to hire outside consultants to explain to teachers how its performance pay plan works.
Chief of Staff Arnold Viramontes and Leng Fritsche, the district’s executive director of performance management and accountability, told the board that the consultants were necessary to explain the Classroom Effectiveness Index, a statistical analysis that scores teachers on their performance.
The $1 million would come from Washington, in the form of grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
While one might think that teachers could understand the program, apparently it’s too complicated for them to understand without help. Another rationale for taking the grant, according to Fritsche, is that if not used, it would simply “go away.”