U.S. school districts, states reportedly turn federal aid into teacher bonuses

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NEW YORK, (Xinhua) — Dozens of U.S. school districts and states are spending big chunks of aid from the federal government on one-time bonuses to teachers and staff, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Districts in Tennessee, Texas, California and Colorado and states such as Georgia have approved such bonuses in moves aimed at staving off teacher resignations and boosting staff morale, according to the report.

Critics said such payments had violated the intend of the federal funding.

The national average for U.S. teacher pay was 63,645 U.S. dollars in the 2019-2020 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.