Denver’s ProComp program, short for the Professional Compensation System for Teachers, was implemented in 2006 in a joint effort by the school district and the local teachers’ union to recruit and retain good teachers.
The teachers’ union and the district have reached a tentative agreement that preserves the innovative pay plan while loading more of the earnings towards the front-end of teachers’ careers. If teachers approve the deal by Sept. 9, it would be the first three-year contract stuck in Denver in two decades.
A description of ProComp can be found here. Merit pay is an innovative change that will reward the best teachers. Let’s hope a similar system is implemented in other states.