Tennessee DOE Offers Signing Bonuses For Teachers

May 9, 2013

Credit Christine Jessel

The Tennessee Department of Education will give teachers with the state’s highest evaluation scores signing bonuses to teach in the state’s lowest-performing schools. The Tennessee Department of Education is offering districts across the state enough money to give each new teacher at a priority school a $7,000 signing bonus.  In Knox County, one school is a priority school: Sarah Moore Greene Elementary, whose principal recently announced he would overhaul school staffing this year.  But the state says only teachers who scored a level 5 in evaluation - the highest number possible - will be eligible for the bonus application process.