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Schools in Vail Valley share state funding

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The Colorado State Board of Education has approved $980,000 in grants to create plans to alternatively compensate teachers. The Eagle County School District will get $295,325.

“We hope these plans will ultimately lead to significantly improved student achievement and create strategies for recruiting and supporting highly effective teachers in struggling schools,” said Jami Goetz, executive director of the Department of Education’s Office of Professional Services.

A summary of the expenditures, goals and key components of the Alternative Teacher Compensation Plan from each district will be included a subsequent report to the state Legislature.

In 2008, the Colorado Legislature passed a bill to allow school districts the ability to develop Alternative Teacher Compensation Plans to “serve as a mechanism for rewarding teacher excellence and encouraging creative and innovative approaches to helping Colorado improve the academic performance of all students and meet its education goals which include, but are not limited to, decreasing the dropout rate, closing the achievement gap and increasing the number of post-secondary degrees and certificates awarded to Colorado students.”

Funding for the program comes from a grant from Colorado’s share of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information, visit

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