Best Display of Political Chutzpah

School Board Members Consider Giving Themselves a Pay Raise

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You've got to admire this display of sheer, unabashed guts. In December, Charleston County School Board Chairwoman Cindy Bohn Coats brought up the idea of raising board members' pay, which is currently set at just $25 per meeting. She reasoned that board members couldn't continue giving raises to administrators while their own pay remained so low. She might have had a good point. But it was only a year-and-a-half ago that the school board ended its freeze on pay raises for teachers, and currently the district is working on a plan that would link teacher salaries to student performance. Suffice it to say the timing of Coats' request was a little off.
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