I am a teacher and this is beyond insulting! This same group of elected officials just voted to cut our pay and benefits. Now they have money to pay kids for doing what they are supposed to do any way? Have they considered the different standards they will have to set for different learners? The EC kids have to have a chance at their money too. What about the parents who are going to become nightmares once there is money on the line? I'm not talking about those who hold teachers to a higher standard. I hold myself to a very high standard already. I'm talking about those who will try to intimidate teachers into giving grades not earned or will retaliate against teachers with frivolous complaints to principals, superintendents,and school board members. It will be a nightmare all around. Just the thought of all the brand new ipods and DS-i's I'll have to confiscate in my classroom is enough to give me a headache. If this becomes reality, it may be the straw that breaks the camel's back and drives me away from the profession.
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