The Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) district has announced that they have paid out $32.7 million dollars in bonuses for teachers who refused to teach at the school. They used money from COVID-19 relief money.
I may be just a dumb country hick, but what do bonuses for teachers have to do with COVID relief? Bus drivers will be getting a raise as well. But considering there are no kids to drive to school, that money is meaningless.
If they really insisted on handing out bonuses shouldn’t have gone to those who have not received a check in over a year? But, instead, they gave it to teachers who did less work than they did before the pandemic.
The Fairfax Education Association (FEA) president Kimberly Adams said that students must receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to full-time, in-person instruction.
“The timeline and return to in-person instruction must reflect that we wait for the second dose to be effective. Concerns also remain that students will not be vaccinated before they return to school. This will require that we maintain the hybrid model and continue social distancing, masking, and all other mitigation strategies.”
Dee O’Neal, a Fairfax County parent who heads the “Open FCPS Coalition,” said that she does not believe most of the teachers deserve a bonus. I happen to agree with her.
No study halls or recess and lunch to monitor and they did it from the comfort of their own home. I don’t see that they did anything heroic or above and beyond the call of duty.
“The union members who pushed to stay home are not deserving of this bonus.” Bonuses are only appropriate for teachers “whose voices were drowned out by the lazy a**es who wanted to stay home.”
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FCPS has been at the forefront of controversy over the past year after parent groups began exposing the district’s push for critical race theory. Per The Daily Wire’s reporting, the district sent a PowerPoint to teachers explaining how to explicitly implement Critical Race Theory in the classroom.
The PowerPoint defined Critical Race Theory, among other progressive ideologies, and explained how to implement the ideologies in the classroom. Examples included “culturally relevant pedagogy,” “institutional/systemic racism,” “anti-racism education,” “anti-hate education,” and more.
“In adopting this approach, [Critical Race Theory] scholars attempt to understand how victims of systemic racism are affected by cultural perceptions of race and how they are able to represent themselves to counter prejudice,” the PowerPoint reads.