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Denver Strike Substitutes Were Paid Improperly

Denver school officials recently learned they had hired and paid hundreds of substitute teachers before their requests for teaching licenses had been approved by the state.

The substitutes were recruited during a weeklong teachers' strike last month. (See Education Week, 10/26/94.)

The state education department found that about half the 1,200 substitutes were improperly paid because they had not completed applications for temporary licenses.

"The 500 or so [applications] that were turned back to us contained minor deficiencies, such as missing signatures, incomplete fingerprinting, and unpaid processing fees," Bob Vidal, the district's director of human resources, said in a statement.

The district expects to have the applications approved before the state board of education meets this month, Mr. Vidal added.

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