News / Utah / 
Senate passes bill offering $5K performance-based bonus for teachers

KSL TV, File Photo

Senate passes bill offering $5K performance-based bonus for teachers

By Marjorie Cortez | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a bill that creates a bonus program for effective teachers in high-poverty schools.

HB212, sponsored by Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley City, requires participating school districts to pay half of the cost for $5,000 bonuses available to teachers in high-poverty schools whose students demonstrate academic growth.

Stipends would be available to teachers at the state's poorest schools, where 70 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch, or at least 20 percent of students come from families experiencing intergenerational poverty.

School districts need to provide matching funds so local education authorities "have some skin in the game," Winder said during an earlier committee hearing on the bill.

The bill's Senate sponsor, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said the funding — $365,000 for the first year of the initiative — "is a start."

Hillyard said one of the goals of the legislation is to stem high rates of teacher turnover.

Due to minor amendments made to the legislation on the Senate floor, the bill must return to the House for further action.

Related Stories

Marjorie Cortez


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast