California School Districts Consider Using Covid Relief Funding For Teacher ‘Bonus’ Pay: Reports

Some California school districts are reportedly considering using state and federal COVID relief money to give teachers additional pay for their efforts during the pandemic.

On March 10, it was reported that the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Board members approved awarding teachers a $750 stipend. GJUESD Superintendent Karen Schauer stated that the stipend was intended to recognize “the extra efforts and learning new ways to provide instruction or shift instruction during a changing pandemic.”Heather Wetzel, Galt Elementary Faculty Association (GEFA) president, added, “The stipend in the addendum is to honor how much extra time all teachers have put in over the past year, as well as how mentally, emotionally and physically exhausting this has been for every teacher. We know that it has also been exhausting for the students and parents, and we thank them for continuing to make education a priority when it seems the world is falling apart around us.”

Reopen California Schools has since reported that the Clovis School District had proposed a $6,000 bonus per employee with state and federal aid money, tweeting, “The $6K proposed teacher and staff bonus to be voted by the board this Wed. It was shared with us by someone part of the negotiations. This person is outraged they are offering $6k in bonuses, money which is supposed to go towards programs for students.”

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