Cooper OK's bill K-12 students summer school option

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Senate Republicans would offer North Carolina public school teachers one-time bonuses above and beyond their usual experience-based raises in legislation advancing through the chamber.  

The bill expected on the Senate floor early next week would provide $350 bonuses to teachers and instructional support personnel.

The bill also encourages Gov. Roy Cooper to use federal COVID-19 relief funds earmarked for education to give additional $600 bonuses, although the governor’s office says he’s not allowed to use the money that way.

The leading lobbying group for teachers opposes the measure. Republicans say they’ve got to act carefully with state funds given the economic downturn.

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