Forty teachers in Harmony Public Schools‘ West Texas District will receive bonuses this year as part of the Texas Educations Agency’s Teacher Incentive Allotment, a special fund created to reward the state’s highest-performing teachers. The recognition means that $266,000 in teacher bonuses will be paid this week to teachers in the West Texas District.
In total, forty Harmony West Texas teachers will receive the bonuses this fall and again the next four years. Thirty-two teachers received the “Recognized” distinction, seven received the “Exemplary” distinction and one teacher received the “Master” designation and will earn the maximum allotment for their extraordinary efforts in helping boost student achievement.
“We are honored to have some of the best and brightest educators in our classrooms shaping the minds of our students,” said Kamil Yilmaz, West Texas Area Superintendent. “We are thankful to the TEA for recognizing our teachers dedication and hard work.”
The Teacher Incentive Allotment was created by the Texas Legislature in 2019 as part of the state’s new education bill, known as HB3. The primary purpose of HB3 was to provide new funds for across-the-board pay raises for Texas teachers. Harmony used those funds as well as others for one of the state’s most comprehensive pay increases for its staff, including $3,000-$5,000 raises for each of its teachers in base pay, with additional dollars for working hard-to-staff subjects and for length of service.
Additionally, HB3 also created a separate funding pool – known as the Teacher Incentive Allotment – for the specific purpose of providing additional salary for teachers who demonstrated exceptional performance in hard-to-staff teaching positions, including low-income and rural communities.
Teachers selected can receive between $3,000-$32,000 per year for five years in added salary, directly from the TEA.
Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system employing roughly 4,000 school professionals statewide. Harmony’s West Texas District serves students in PreK-Grade 12 with five campuses in El Paso and one campus in Lubbock and Odessa. The school’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, character education, project-based learning, and college readiness.
Harmony Public Schools West Texas is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year for both students and team members.
About Harmony Public Schools
Harmony Public Schools are 60 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools
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