Arkansas Announces Merit Teacher Incentive Program

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Education Secretary Jacob Oliva announced that approximately 3,000 teachers in Arkansas will benefit from the Merit Teacher Incentive Program.
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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Education Secretary Jacob Oliva announced that approximately 3,000 teachers in Arkansas will benefit from the Merit Teacher Incentive Program.

Launched in May when Governor Sanders signed the LEARNS Act, the program awards bonuses ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 to selected educators. These bonuses will be distributed by the end of June.

Teachers earning these bonuses have shown exceptional student performance growth, mentored aspiring teachers, or taught in areas with critical teacher shortages.

“Great education starts with great teachers. That’s why one of my first acts as governor was to raise teacher pay and reward our best educators,” said Governor Sanders. “This year’s merit bonuses will incentivize teachers to tackle our state’s toughest assignments and help every Arkansas student thrive.”

Secretary Oliva added, “The best educators deserve recognition for their excellence. We are proud to recognize these educators for their commitment to learning and ensuring their students succeed.”