DALLAS (AP) — Teachers in the Northwest Independent School District will have to master certain computer skills if they want pay raises under a new rule adopted by the school board.
District officials said the move was prompted in part by the large role technology has in the state's curriculum standards.
"If students are going to be expected to master these skills, then certainly teachers should be able to master them as well," said Sunnye Murdock, executive director for technology for the public school district which includes Tarrant, Denton and Wise counties, west of Dallas.
The technology plan, approved at last month's board meeting, replaces a rule that required 12 hours of technology training each year for most teachers.
Under the plan, teachers will have to learn computer skills ranging from sending e-mail to advanced photo editing and database structuring.