Teachers incorrectly told they were receiving bonuses


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of teachers who were told on Friday that they'd be receiving incentive bonuses, but were told Tuesday that they wouldn't be receiving them after all, according to the Duval County School Board.

A message about bonuses was incorrectly sent to 273 teachers who did not meet the criteria for the bonus.

Teachers who didn't earn the bonus were told Tuesday by email, before the bonuses were paid out.

The school board sent News4Jax a statement Tuesday evening about the incident:

“On Thursday, March 17, an email was sent out to teachers who qualified to receive the QEA Performance Incentive based on their 2014-2015 growth measure data.  Included in this notification were 273 teachers whose performance did not meet the eligibility criteria. Once administrators realized this error, we notified the teachers immediately and apologized for the discrepancy on Monday, March 21. This correction was made prior to any teachers receiving any over-payments. There is no standing regarding this issue because no payment was made. We regret this occurred and know our employees deserve better, and are fortunate the error was identified before payments were included in teacher paychecks. We are excited about the incentives and the additional income that several other teachers will receive based on their performance.”

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