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Miami-Dade Teachers Union To Revote On Performance Pay

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There’s a big vote planned Tuesday for the Miami-Dade Teachers Union.

Teachers are going to re-vote on contract ratifications. There are three measures teachers will be voting on; “Race to the Top” bonus plans, health insurance, and teacher evaluations.

The revote was required by the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission, which found the United Teachers of Dade had violated voting procedures with an electronic vote last year. Tuesday’s vote will be by paper ballot.

The “Race To The Top” program allows teacher performance pay to be financed with federal grant money.

Last year, Miami-Dade schools chief Alberto Carvalho handed out $14 million to top performing teachers, whose students made high gains on state standardized tests.

Aronowitz released a separate proposal Tuesday to continue performance pay for teachers — financed by chasing down tax cheaters, according to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald.

“Our proposal improves salaries for teachers across their career and provides for accelerated salary improvements for high-performing teachers. This salary schedule will encourage great teachers to remain in their profession by recognizing exceptional work with exceptional rewards,” Aronowitz said in a statement.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report.)

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