Alabama Governor Bob Riley and education leaders say performance bonuses for teachers will reward excellence in the classroom and lead to academic improvements in schools.
The group urged legislators to approve Governor Riley's performance bonus pilot program.
The proposal was a recommendation made by the commission on quality teaching.
The commission members recommend creation of a pilot grant program for local school districts where at least 50 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch.
Those districts will be able to apply for funds to design a program of teacher bonuses based on yearly achievement goals.
Teachers will be heavily involved in the design of each program to ensure that the bonuses are fair and also function as an incentive to increase student achievement.
Governor Riley’s education budget includes 6 million dollars for the pilot program. Those funds will be distributed to school districts through a competitive grant process.
Riley has also proposed a seven percent increase in pay for all teachers.