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Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Waiver Request

This waiver is required because Lancaster ISD also currently participates in a cohort 3 TIF grant, and therefore two schools participating in the cohort 3 grant use different educator evaluation systems than required by the cohort 4 TIF requirements and Texas Regional 18 Education Service Center’s (Region 18’s) approved cohort 4 application. SY 2014-15 is the final year of the cohort 3 grant. Lancaster ISD is requesting a waiver of the Absolute Priority 2 for the cohort 4 TIF program so that the two cohort 3 schools can successfully finish out their participation in the cohort 3 grant under rules and procedures established under the cohort 3 TIF competition.

Lancaster ISD requests this waiver only for the 2014-15 school year, and it would apply only to educators working in Pleasant Run Elementary School, G.W. Carver 6th Grade Center, Lancaster Middle School and Lancaster High School. This waiver would permit Lancaster ISD to continue to implement the educator evaluation systems described in the cohort 3 application for these educators for the 2014-15 school year only. Starting in the 2015-16 school year, all schools in Lancaster ISD will implement the evaluation systems described in Region 18’s cohort 4 application.

Lancaster ISD believes that affording it this flexibility in the implementation of its LEA-wide education evaluation systems for the remainder of the cohort 3 project will allow principals and teachers to continue to participate in the evaluation systems without disruption, as well as continue to be eligible to receive compensation for effectiveness, through incentives and/or placement into career ladder positions, ensuring Lancaster ISD continues implementing its TIF projects as closely as possible to the content of both approved TIF applications.

This waiver request will not adversely impact any measurable goals for this program for SY 2013 – 2014 and SY 2014 – 2015 because all teachers and principals are still evaluated using student growth, observations, and other factors.

To provide your input, please send an e-mail to Info@LancasterISD.org by July 16.