Performance pay in Mount Clemens

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — Mount Clemens Community School District teachers have ratified a four-year contract that partially ties pay hikes to job performance, according to The Macomb Daily.

The agreement also establishes higher health insurance co-pays for teachers union members, which is expected to save the district about $500,000 over two years, The Daily reported.

All teachers will receive a 0.5 percent raise in December, while additional 0.5 percent raises in the next two years will depend on positive reviews, according to The Daily.

"I think this may be the way of the future in education," Superintendent Charles Muncatchy told The Daily. He said that the Michigan Department of Education now mandates annual teacher evaluations, according to The Daily. The district will use an evaluation method designed by Charlotte Danielson, an economist and teaching consultant from New Jersey, the report said.

Mount Clements teachers had been working without a contract since 2008; the new agreement establishes pay freezes for the years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

The Macomb Daily, "Teacher pay to be tied to performance," Aug. 20, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Merit Pay," June 30, 2008