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'TRI Pay' Could Be Sticking Point In School Funding Debate

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D'onna Hartman smiles as she works with children at the Creative Kids Learning Center, a school that focuses on pre-kindergarten for 4- and 5-year-olds, in Seattle.

Lawmakers in Olympia are spending this year’s legislative session coming up with a plan to fund basic education throughout the state. One big sticking point during the discussions has been teacher salaries and who should be responsible for paying them.

There are also questions surrounding something known as “TRI pay.” It stands for “time, responsibility and incentive,” and is similar to overtime pay.

Seattle Times education reporter Neal Morton has been investigating why it exists, and as he tells 88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave the additional pay might slow down the process for coming up with a funding plan.

You can find more details about TRI pay in Morton’s story on the Seattle Times Education Lab site.