NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Tennessee Department of Education is introducing a new incentive package to help bring the best teachers to Volunteer State's worst schools.

The Department says it's offering money to districts, paying $7,000 signing bonuses to every new teacher with a level five rating on evaluation and who is brought into a priority school for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Department will also provide money to pay retention bonuses to every top-rated teacher who decides to stay at a priority school.

Priority schools are the schools that perform in the bottom five percent in the state in terms of academic achievement.