More Bribes for MEAP
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Monday, January 31, 2000
State could pay 52 schools
for acing test
By Kim Kozlowski / The Detroit News
Fifty-two elementary schools in Metro Detroit could snatch
up financial incentives for MEAP performance under an
$8-million Golden Apple award proposed by Gov. John Engler.
The proposal, which features two components, would award
$1,000 for every full-time employee in schools that improve
Michigan Educational Assessment Program scores by 60 points
over two years. School districts also would be rewarded with
$10,000 to use on improvements.
The second component would offer similar incentives to the
highest achieving elementary schools in the state.
The Legislature would have to approve the program in the
governor's budget later this year.
If approved, 169 elementary schools across the state would
qualify for the award, with a number of them in Detroit and
Wayne County potentially garnering the award. Sixteen Detroit
elementary schools and six Livonia schools made the list that
Engler recently announced.
"These scores reflect improvement," Engler said. "We ought
to say Way to go! We see your school district is improving.'"
Detroit Schools Spokesman Stan Childress said the program
sounded "pretty attractive ."
But he also noted that Detroit elementary schools may be
eligible for a second, similar incentive that Interim CEO David
Adamany is proposing. Under Adamany's plan, all school
employees would receive a bonus if Detroit's below-average
MEAP scores rise.