It doesn't look like teachers will have to take smaller bonus checks to make up a state budget shortfall.
The budget adopted by the General Assembly sets aside $90 million for ABC bonuses, which is $17 million less than what DPI projected is needed. But instead of reducing bonuses, state education officials are looking for ways to come up with the remaining $17 million.
The thought of just reducing the bonuses has gotten very little traction.
Under the state's ABCs program, teachers can get bonuses of up to $1,500. The stress is up to because state law wouldn't prevent giving less than $1,500.
But since the program started in 1996, the money has always been found to give $1,500 as the maximum bonus.
Back when legislators were considering only giving $70 million this year, DPI warned that the maximum bonus might be cut to $995. That was not well received.
At schools making high growth, teachers can get up to $1,500 and teacher assistants can get up to $500. At schools making expected growth, teachers get up to $750 and teacher assistants receive up to $350.
(I'm out of here from Friday through all of next week. I won't be in a position to respond to questions until I get back. Kinea will hold down the fort while I'm gone.)