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Teacher performance pay put on hold

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The Utah State Office of Education has decided to delay distribution of $20 million in teacher performance pay this school year.

The delay is aimed at letting lawmakers decide whether to go ahead with the bonuses or use the money for other needs because of state budget issues.

While teachers aren't scheduled to get the pay until the end of the school year, the office had originally planned to distribute the money to school districts before Dec. 1.

The state Board of Education will likely decide when it meets Tuesday whether to continue holding onto the money through the legislative session, which starts in January.

Some school district leaders say they are concerned that teachers may not get something they've been working for.