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Report: 144 Illinois school districts gave bonuses last year

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CHICAGO (AP) – Nearly 150 Illinois public school districts gave bonuses to teachers and administrators last school year.

The 144 districts represent 20 percent of all districts. Citing state data, about 3,100 people received a total of $5.5 million.

Proponents of the bonuses say it has become a common way to inspire educators to improve student achievement. But researchers say results are varied, and critics wonder whether it's a good use of tax dollars.

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