Wake teachers get bonuses back

Posted August 5, 2008

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— The Wake County Board of Education decided to fund $300,000 worth of teacher bonuses cut from the 2008-09 budget.

Teachers who took on much-needed roles in the district -- teaching mathematics, science, special education, ESL and foreign languages -- were promised a one-time $1,000 bonus.

In a meeting Tuesday, the school board approved a plan to use money from the undesignated fund – an allottment they have for unexpected expenses – to fulfill that promise to teachers who signed on under the bonus program before July 15, 2008.


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  • djofraleigh Aug 5, 2008

    Unless I read it wrong, the two previous comments are in error, for the bonus was for NEW teachers to critical areas - Math, Sp Ed, etc.

    The teachers came new to the system or new to the subjects and were promised the bonus money to do so, as I read it. IF Wake offered it, then Wake should (and did) provide it to them.

    By all comments so far, I agree, it was a good thing.

  • EZeegoing Aug 5, 2008

    Certainly money can be found to allow these worthwhile teachers to keep their hard earned money. Let's pretend for a moment you can wave the magic wand and institute whatever changes it takes to "Fix" the educational system. Let's say you have the power to make the best judgement call for our teachers. What would you do ? First, eliminate state credit cards for all except the absolute essential supervisory personnal, then hold them strickly accountable. That should save a few bucks. Eliminate all of these "business" trips to see how the other side of the road does things. Haven't we enough electronic communications to swap ideas without traveling there and going out to expensive entertainment dinners just to "swap" ideas. That should put a few more bucks back in the educational coffers. How about we cull out some of the "Retired on active duty" dead weight in state government ? See, you solved the problem, now pay the teachers what they so rightly deserve.

  • The Fox Aug 5, 2008

    These are the kind of teachers we need to retain, certainly not more educators.