Detroit teachers get bonuses, despite $75M deficit

By: Assocaited Press Email
By: Assocaited Press Email

Emergency Manager Roy Roberts is handing out incentive-based bonuses to 8,000 Detroit Public Schools employees - despite the district's $75 million deficit.

The Detroit News ( ) says each $5 million of general fund operating surplus the district has at the end of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 fiscal years will determine bonus amounts.

DPS projects an $11.9 million surplus for 2011-12. Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson says most teachers should receive $1,600 to $1,800 bonuses.

Bonuses are expected to cost the district $1.7 million.

DPS employees received a 10 percent pay cut last year that continues this year. Roberts imposed a contract on all union employees July 1.

Board of Education President LaMar Lemmons questioned the bonuses

Roberts says a five-year deficit elimination plan will eliminate the deficit.

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