"As The Council's Middle School Task Force report showed, our middle schools are having great difficulty attracting and keeping qualified experienced teachers.
And as you might expect, the problem is most acute in the lowest performing schools in our poorest neighborhoods.
To turn around this situation I am proposing a pilot program for bonus pay to recruit and retain highly qualified, experienced teachers.
I am calling on the Department of Education and the education unions to come together to offer substantial salary incentives to teachers who are willing to work and stay in our most troubled middle schools.
Look, we have to admit that some schools are harder to teach in than others.
And if we are going to convince our best teachers to go there or stay there we have to be willing to experiment with different approaches to compensating them.
If this new approach works I will push hard to take it city-wide and guarantee every middle school student a great education. With innovative and cooperative efforts like this we are on the path to having schools that every New Yorker can feel confident in and proud of."