By Mike Moore

(Atlanta) — Some DeKalb County school teachers are outraged by their employment contracts for next year. DeKalb County teachers have to sign their contracts by Thursday to remain in the classroom next year – but a controversial new clause has some teachers reeling. The clause stipulates that if a teacher breaks the contract after signing it, they’ll have to pay a 750-dollar fee. DeKalb County Schools released a statement yesterday, saying the fee is necessary because student performance has been suffering when teachers leave their posts abruptly. The district said the monetary penalty would be used to hire a replacement.


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