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Teachers reject state's bonus plan

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 2, 2007


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Teachers reject state's bonus plan

A day after the School Board rejected the state's performance pay plan, Pasco teachers overwhelmingly did the same. About 87 percent of the teachers who voted Thursday gave a thumbs-down to the plan, which would have given 5 percent bonuses to the top 25 percent of teachers based on student test scores.

By rejecting the plan, the School Board and the teachers forfeited $3.5-million in state bonus money, but they hoped to spur the Legislature into revamping the controversial Special Teachers Are Rewarded program.

"This phase is over," union president Lynne Webb said Thursday evening. "My hope, and I think the board's hope, is to see what the Legislature does. I don't think we're ready to rush to the table."