Seems there were some strings attached to $1,500 bonuses the city is paying its teachers (who haven’t had a raise in three years): If you’re not coming back for the 2011-12 school year, no bonus. And if ex-teachers have already received part of the bonus, the schools are going to take it back out of their bank accounts.
Here’s the story by my colleague Courtney Cutright.
It’s unclear how many teachers are going to affected by this. So far it only appears to be three.
What I don’t understand is, why didn’t they make the bonus payable upon a teacher signing a contract for the 2011-12 contract year? That might have a) helped retain personnel in the school system and b) would have completely avoided having to raid ex-teachers’ bank accounts to get the partial bonus payments back.