JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An Action News Jax Investigation has revealed hundreds of Duval County School teachers received emails that said were getting bonuses but were later told they received the notification in error.
Action News Jax went to district leaders for answers and discovered hundreds of emails were sent by mistake on Thursday.
The emails congratulated teachers on their recent performance and told them they would receive an incentive in the amount of up to $5,000 based on performance.
Four days later, 273 teachers got another email that said there was an error with the notification and they are not eligible for a performance incentive.
The district gave Action News Jax the following statement:
The mistake was corrected before any payments were made. According to emails, the first payment was supposed to have happened this Thursday.
Here’s the first email sent to teachers:
As a reminder, to be eligible for any performance incentive, an eligible staff member must have been employed at the school (not on unpaid leave) during the October and February survey periods, must have a signed Agreement for that year, and must have received an overall Highly Effective or Effective evaluation for that year. Incentive bonus payments are taxed at a flat 25% rate per IRS regulations and will be added to your total annual wages as reflected on your W-2 for 2016. However, the incentive bonuses are not qualifying payments for FRS retirement contribution purposes.
"On behalf of the district and DTU, we applaud you on your performance and support of the Transformation initiative. Your service to your students and school community is appreciated."
They later received this email:
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