An activist group pushing to get schools reopened in California has obtained internal memos indicating several districts contemplated using state and federal COVID-19 relief money to fund bonuses and, in one case, a Hawaiian trip.
In one instance, memos which were shared online by “Reopen California Schools,” a Facebook group founded early on during the pandemic by Jonathan Zachreson, show that the Clovis Unified School District in Fresno County discussed using COVID funds for a “one-time payment to employees…given the extraordinary effort required of every employee over the course of the pandemic.”
“The $6K proposed teacher and staff bonus to be voted by the board this Wed. It was shared with us by someone part of the negotiations. This person is outraged they are offering $6k in bonuses, money which is supposed to go towards programs for students,” the group noted in a tweet.