teachers protest bonuses

A group of teachers recently voiced complaints about the Houston Independent School District’s bonus program.

From a Houston Chronicle report (“Rowdy HISD teachers demand change“):

A rowdy group of more than 300 teachers pleaded with the Houston school board Thursday to scrap — or at least overhaul — the performance-pay plan that they say has hurt morale and divided campuses.

Wearing pins that called the bonus pay “rotten to the core,” the standing-room-only crowd of educators shouted down and heckled district leaders, especially after they acknowledged problems with the plan.

Since the initial $14 million payout late last month, the Houston Independent School District has paid nearly $1 million more to several hundred teachers who were overlooked when the first checks were cut, said Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. A committee of teachers and other HISD employees also began meeting this week to offer suggestions for retooling the system.


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