Ariz. teachers charged for energy to get refunds

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QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- A Queen Creek school district has stopped its new practice of charging teachers for using appliances in their classrooms.

Many school districts don't allow teachers to use personal appliances such as coffee makers or microwaves in their classrooms to cut down on energy costs.

But the Queen Creek Unified School District took it one step further by requiring teachers to pay for permits at the beginning of the school year to have appliances in their classrooms.

But after teachers and at least one school board member complained, Superintendent James Murless says the teachers who paid for the permits will get refunds.

He says he didn't know about the energy charge until one teacher "chewed" him out. He says charging teachers for appliances should be a board decision.

Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune

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