Atlanta Public Schools is using a combination of bonuses, stipends, and hiring incentives to expand learning time for students and to ensure that the district remains fully staffed, especially in high-poverty schools and high-needs classrooms. In the 2020-21 school year, elementary teachers are making an extra $3,000 a year for working an additional 30 minutes a day; the district will extend these stipends through 2022-23. The district also plans to use $6.3 million of its $201 million in federal recovery funds for special education teacher bonuses and recruitment initiatives focused on high-poverty schools.
We are spotlighting this because these incentives are a break from the traditional salary schedule and are targeted to specific needs. Research suggests that such incentives can boost application and retention rates.