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Promised teacher pay raise causing confusion

Promised teacher pay raise causing confusion



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Tom Callan and AP reportingConfusion seems to be the aftermath of that promised pay boost for Utah science and math teachers.

The Utah Department of Human Resource Management says eligibility requirements are still up in the air. But chemistry teacher Logan Hall, who teaches at Salt Lake City's West High, says he is qualified.

"It's not every science teacher, so like, the biology teachers wouldn't get the same pay raise," Hall said. "When I read the bill, it didn't state anything like that."

He says it's become a divisive issue among his fellow teachers who may not know this: They have to apply to see if they are eligible, and the maximum they can receive is about $4,000.

The state law that awards the bonuses also requires teachers to hold a degree in the subject they teach.

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Howard Stephenson says the bonus program was designed with limits in mind. The Draper Republican says it's important for teachers to hold degrees in the subjects they teach.

E-mail: tcallan@ksl.com

(The Salt Lake Tribune and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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