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Mastery gets $7 million from feds

By Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 23, 2010 03:02 PM

Mastery Charter Schools has been awarded $7.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education from the Teacher Incentive Fund, which is used towards developing new systems of teacher compensation that reward performance rather than just longevity and education level.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah announced the award, which Mastery CEO Scott Gordon called "a game changer" in a press release from the congressman's office.

The award comes just a few days after talk show host Oprah Winfrey gave Mastery $1 million, which it will put towards opening new schools.

Gordon said that this grant  "will allow us to invest in programs that assure that every child has a fantastic teacher. Great teachers translate into quality education. This will allow Mastery to grow and will allow more Philadelphia children to get a great education.”

Mastery already uses a pay-for-performance system, Gordon said. Starting salaries are slightly higher than in the School District, but raises are based partly on performance. He said this system creates a culture in the school that everyone -- students and teachers -- are learners.

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 23, 2010 6:53 pm

I don't think it is fair, because Mastery at most locations can hand pick their students, only the new Rennaisance Mastery charters have to service neighborhood children. So let all neighborhood schools use testing measures to allow children to attend and we would all be making those gains, also why is there such a high turn over with teaching staff at Mastery???? check the staffing data

Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on September 24, 2010 6:10 am

Make sure you get the facts straight before you post something that is entirely untrue. All of the students at the existing Mastery schools get selected via lottery.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 24, 2010 8:22 pm

I concur that you should get your facts straight. As a teacher at one of the new Mastery Charter Elementary schools, I can assure you that our students were not selected via lottery-- any child who lives in our catchment area is eligible to attend. In fact, the school district states that we must let in every child in our neighborhood AND any child that attended the school before our turnover, even if they have since moved.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 24, 2010 8:37 am

Wow than that is understandable, parents are hoping their children get in and children know how hard it is to get in, so once they are in, they are you perfect little angles, wearing uniforms everyday, not cutting up in class, like they did at Picket and Shoemaker and excelling in academics, thanks for the clarity

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 27, 2010 8:27 am

Like the previous Mastery teacher responded, the new Mastery schools, via Rennaissance, not the previous Mastery schools, Picket and Shoemaker and Thomas campus. Those three do have lottery selection. My neighbor attends one. Thanks for the clarity

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