The Senate Education Committee endorsed a teacher merit pay study and added options to the Hathaway Scholarship Program curriculum Wednesday.
House Bill 72 sets up a committee to study a merit pay system for teachers and allocates $50,000 to hire a private-sector consultant.
The committee would include two state senators, two state representatives, one school board member, one school administrator, one teacher and one parent.
The committee voted 5-0 to forward the bill to the full Senate for debate.
The committee also gave students more choices with the Hathaway curriculum in Senate File 113.
The committee added fine and performing arts or career vocational education to the list of courses in the success curriculum. The senators also removed a requirement that students take foreign-language classes consecutively and delayed the effective date of the bill to 2014.
The courses added by the House include humanities, or health and safety, or applied technology, or physical education.