Error bounces 50 teachers’ bonus checks
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A bank error caused dozens of teachers in Florida to see their state-issued $ 1,000 bonus checks bounce back, officials said on Friday.
Disaster relief payments to about 50 of the 176,000 educators who received the checks were affected by the JPMorgan Chase error, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Education. Officials said they were working to resolve the issue.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and are working to correct it, including reimbursing any charges incurred by recipients as a result,” JPMorgan Chase spokesperson Allison Tobin Reed said in a statement. -mail.
State Senator Jason Pizzo, D-Miami, drew attention to the error Friday morning when he tweeted a photo of a teacher’s return notice received after he attempted to deposit the check.
Funded by federal COVID-19 relief money, bonuses paid to teachers, principals and first responders received bipartisan support from the Florida legislature last spring. But some have criticized Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for hiring a private company to print and mail the checks, along with a letter signed by the governor, instead of sending money to local school districts for distribution.
Pizzo tweeted later on Friday: “Teaching Moment: The Individual Political Benefit of Spending $ 3.6 Million to Print and Mail Thousands of Checks with Your Name Outweighed by the More Efficient and Financially Responsible Deposit Option.” direct. “
State officials said the $ 3.6 million was well below the 10% normally used for administrative costs of federal funding.
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