Denver Sets Education Tone With Passage Of Performance Pay For Teachers Measure

DENVER (AP) - Denver is now the largest school district in the country to approve the paying of teachers based on students' achievement. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, 58 percent voted for the Professional Compensation System measure, or ProComp, while 42 percent voted against it.

Current teachers can decide whether to take part starting next week. New teachers will be placed in the system automatically.

Raises will be funded with a tax increase. Each household will pay about $24 a year per $100,000 of a home's value.

Opponents claim the system will result in subjective decisions to justify giving, or not giving, raises. Supporters says it's necessary to help the district attract good teachers, and recognize their work.

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