News in Brief
W. Va. District Cuts Incentives for Teachers to Come to Work
Kanawha County, W.Va., teachers who come to work every day will soon have to make do with the satisfaction of a job well done, rather than up to $1,050 in incentive pay.
The county school board has agreed that the budget for the 2009-10 school year won’t include the incentive, which was created in an effort to save on costs for substitute teachers. In the last school year, the county spent $582,000 more in incentive pay than it saved on hiring fewer substitutes.
Kanawha County Education Association President Dinah Adkins says scrapping the policy will likely lead to higher teacher-absenteeism rates. School board member Pete Thaw says a better policy would punish teachers who have poor attendance rates.
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