Ohio teachers air merit pay concerns to governor

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio teachers have sent hundreds of emails to Gov. John Kasich trying to educate him on all sides of a debate over how they should be paid and evaluated.

An Associated Press review of several hundred of the roughly 1,000 emails the governor has received since late April shows teachers aren’t so much angry as full of advice — though some messages used more pointed words than others.

At issue is a performance-based pay system contained in the collective-bargaining overhaul signed by Kasich.

Lawmakers are debating whether to include similar pieces of the idea in the state budget bill.

A November referendum on the collective-bargaining law is likely, but putting the pay proposal in the budget could make it complicated to repeal the system through a referendum.

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