Senator John Cauthorn of Mexico is demonstrating a strong belief in the old saying that if at first you don’t succeed try, try again. He’s introduced a bill that would create signing bonuses for teachers in the state’s rural areas. A similar effort, last year, died in the Legislature. Cauthorn says the bonuses are needed because property taxes, alone, cannot be counted on to adequately fund schools. There are approximately 200 rural school districts in the state – so designated because each district has a student enrollment of 600 students or less.
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