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Bonus Plan Angers CdA Teachers

Teachers in the Coeur d'Alene School District found out Tuesday just how much, or how little, they will be receiving as bonuses under the state's pay-for-performance plan, and many of them aren't happy about it. A group of teachers at Lake City High School say they're particularly upset because they're receiving bonuses and they know teachers at one district school, Borah Elementary, won't be receiving any extra cash this year. “It actually makes me physically ill,” said Lake City teacher Amy Bellamy. “Everybody is carrying this huge burden around. It's just so wrong.” The teachers are considering ways they can pool some of their own bonus money to ensure the Borah teachers know they're appreciated by their peers/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or is Proposition 2 (merit pay) already a failure, if the initial reaction by teachers is one of anger?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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