Governor signs education reform package
Teachers and district officials in the Newport-Mesa Unified School
District negotiated an agreement for two state programs in the nick of
Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday signed an education reform package that
improves conditions for the state’s teachers. For Newport-Mesa educators,
it means more money for new teachers, a long-awaited peer assistance and
review program and a tax break on their out-of-pocket expenses.
The tax credit will work on a sliding scale with teachers receiving
between $250 to $1,500 -- with beginning teachers receiving the lowest
amount, said Linda Mook, president of the Newport-Mesa Federation of
The purpose of Davis’ education reform package is to attract and
retain more quality teachers in the profession.
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