TALLAHASSEE, (*50*). (AP) — A banking error has induced dozens of Florida lecturers to see their state-issued $1,000 bonus checks bounce, officers mentioned Friday.
Disaster reduction funds issued to about 50 of the 176,000 educators who acquired checks had been affected by the JPMorgan Chase error, in accordance to a press release from the Florida Department of Education. Officials mentioned they’re working to repair the issue.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this has induced and are working to appropriate it, together with refunding any charges incurred by the recipients in consequence,” JPMorgan Chase spokesperson Allison Tobin Reed mentioned in an e-mail.
State Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Miami, introduced consideration to the error Friday morning when he tweeted a photograph of a instructor’s return merchandise discover that was acquired after attempting to deposit the verify.
Funded by federal COVID-19 reduction cash, the bonus funds to lecturers, principals and first responders acquired bipartisan assist within the Florida Legislature this previous spring. But some criticized Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for hiring a non-public firm to print and mail the checks, together with a letter signed by the governor, as a substitute of sending cash to native college districts to distribute.
Pizzo tweeted later Friday, “Teaching second: The particular person political profit in spending $3.6 million to print and ship 1000’s of checks together with your identify on it, is outweighed by the extra environment friendly and fiscally accountable choice of direct deposit.”
State officers have mentioned the $3.6 million is effectively beneath the ten% usually used for administrative prices for federal funding.
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