Salt Lake teachers don’t want to trade safety for $1,500 bonus, board members say

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SALT LAKE CITY — Teachers in Salt Lake City’s schools “don’t want to trade their safety for $1,500,” two school board members said Tuesday night, referring to a bonus extended by state legislative leaders to public school educators statewide to reward them for hard work during the pandemic.

Salt Lake City Board of Education member Katherine Kennedy said a letter from the Salt Lake Education Association “said obliquely, but still clearly, that the teachers did not want to trade their safety for $1,500. But that was the general feeling is that they did not want to do that. In fact, I’ve heard from a lot of teachers, but I did not hear from one teacher who said that they like to go back and get the money.”

Board member Joel-Lehi Organista, in his inaugural meeting as a board member, concurred: “I do want to validate that a lot of people are scared. That’s real.”

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