Principals’ bonuses are a poor use of funds

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As a Pittsburgh Public Schools parent who is concerned about quality education and quality experience in our schools, I find it hard to believe that PPS principals received bonuses for just doing their jobs, nothing exceptional (“Pittsburgh Principals Share $114,979 in Bonuses,” Jan. 31). Principals were rewarded for completing a professional growth project that in reality reflects the hard work of teachers who teach, not because they will receive bonuses but because they want to be in the classroom working with and for the students.

The $114,979 bonus money could have been used to hire teachers to reduce class size to help students in overcrowded classrooms. Smaller classes would help teachers achieve their goals of helping each student achieve proficiency. 

Furthermore, bonuses should have stopped when the money from the Teacher Incentive Fund Grant ended and not continued using taxpayer funds. Oh, and it is called Teacher Incentive, not Principal Incentive Fund.

At a time when our school district is struggling financially, I imagine city taxpayers are and need to be outraged at footing this bill in a money-strapped district.

Highland Park

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