Teachers in Florida's Palm Beach County have rejected a proposal to pay them each a one-time $500 bonus in lieu of raises. After taxes, each teacher would take home about $337. Salaries have been frozen in the district since 2008, and officials say budget woes necessitate the offer for bonuses. However, a National Education Association report shows that inflation has outpaced teachers' salaries nationwide, and Palm Beach educators say they will not settle for the bonus.
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