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Incentives for Teacher Recruitment and Retention in High-Priority Districts
Arkansas : Incentives for Teacher Recruitment and Retention in High Priority Districts -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level State level incentives for teacher recruitment and retention in high-priority districts.

Enabling policy: §6-17-811

Status Appears to be ongoing.

Enabling policy: §6-17-811

Program Description Incentives for teacher recruitment and retention in high-priority districts:

Beginning in the 2004-2005 school year, a teacher licensed by the state board who teaches in a school in a high priority district shall receive in addition to all other salary and benefits:

  • For new teachers, a one time signing bonus to work in any high-priority district and a bonus for the following two years if the teacher continues to work in the same high-priority district. If a teacher receives the bonus pay and leaves prior to the three year bonus pay period, they shall pay back the amount of the bonus received in the previous year. If the teacher leaves during the school year, they shall pay back the previous year’s and the current year’s bonuses.
  • For all teachers not newly signed to work in the district, a retention bonus is paid at the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year and each of the next two years if they continue to work in the high-priority district. If the teacher voluntarily leaves prior to the end of the three year bonus pay period, they shall pay back on a pro-rata basis the amount of the bonus received in the previous years and if they leave during the school year, they must pay back the previous year’s and the current year’s bonuses. If the teacher is reassigned involuntarily to a position that is not eligible for bonus pay or dismissed by a school district, they are not required to repay the bonus pay.

Enabling policy: §6-17-811

Other Programs The Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program for schools.
Hard-to-Staff, High Needs, At-Risk Component
Program Target Components
  • Hard to staff school
  • Description of Component Incentives for teacher recruitment and retention in high-priority districts:

    Beginning in the 2004-2005 school year, a teacher licensed by the state board who teaches in a school in a high priority district shall receive in addition to all other salary and benefits:

    • For new teachers, a one time signing bonus to work in any high-priority district and a bonus for the following two years if the teacher continues to work in the same high-priority district. If a teacher receives the bonus pay and leaves prior to the three year bonus pay period, they shall pay back the amount of the bonus received in the previous year. If the teacher leaves during the school year, they shall pay back the previous year’s and the current year’s bonuses.
    • For all teachers not newly signed to work in the district, a retention bonus is paid at the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year and each of the next two years if they continue to work in the high-priority district. If the teacher voluntarily leaves prior to the end of the three year bonus pay period, they shall pay back on a pro-rata basis the amount of the bonus received in the previous years and if they leave during the school year, they must pay back the previous year’s and the current year’s bonuses. If the teacher is reassigned involuntarily to a position that is not eligible for bonus pay or dismissed by a school district, they are not required to repay the bonus pay.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure In addition to all other salary and benefits, a one time signing bonus and a bonus for the following two years are available for a total of a three-year period.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Incentives For new teachers, the one-time signing bonus of $4,000 with an additional $3,000 paid for the next two subsequent years.

    For existing teachers, a retention bonus of $2,000 shall be paid for the three year bonus pay period.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Incentive Recipients For new teachers, the one-time signing bonus of $4,000 with an additional $3,000 paid for the next two subsequent years.

    For existing teachers, a retention bonus of $2,000 shall be paid for the three year bonus pay period.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation No information found.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions No information found.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Other Stakeholders No information found.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Program Funding
    Cost No information found.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Funding No information found.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes The department of education shall monitor the implementation of the incentive program and collect data to be used to evaluate the incentive program’s effectiveness.

    Enabling policy: §6-17-811




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