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Education board votes to put teacher bonuses on hold

Education board votes to put teacher bonuses on hold



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The State Board of Education has put on hold $20 million in teacher merit pay because of the economic downturn.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to delay distribution of the money.

Still, at least one board member, Dixie Allen, is worried school districts and teachers will be upset if they don't get the bonus.

But board member Greg Haws says people understand the effects of the economic crisis and that perhaps teachers should be happy that they're still employed at all given the circumstances.

The state board had approved plans for the merit pay from 88 districts and charter schools. The money was supposed to go out for eventual distribution on Dec. 1.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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