School districts in California, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas decided to use millions in federal stimulus money to pay out four-figure bonuses to their teachers and staff, despite objections from parents that claim it is a misuse of the funds.
Keep in mind that, especially in California, teachers held out for months to delay bringing in-person learning back by refusing to work while they still collected their paychecks.
Georgia was the first state to approve bonuses for teachers and staff approving $1,000 payments to 230,000+ employees, costing the state $230.5 million. The pricy initiative ate up almost 35% of the state’s stimulus money and was one of the state’s largest expenditures out of those federal funds.
The cash payments are being billed as an attempt to stop more teacher resignations as they deal with “low morale”