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Columbus schools part of teacher incentive program

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A north Mississippi school district is participating in a pilot program offering incentives to teachers with the goal of making them more effective.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that Columbus Municipal School District is 1 of the districts chosen for the pilot that offers teachers bonuses and other benefits for improving student achievement.

Assistant Superintendent Martha Liddell discussed the program this week with school board members. The project has five primary goals - to create a teacher and principal evaluation system, establish an appropriate data system, establish professional development activities, create a performance-based compensation system and create career ladders for teachers.

Over the course of the 5-year pilot program, districts will fund an increasing portion of teacher incentives each year.

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