Teachers Still Waiting for Governor's Pay Raise
Published October 29th, 2013
BRONSON -- As teachers unions and school districts across North Central Florida are trying to hammer out how to spend pay raise money from the state, one county is also trying to hammer out a basic contract.
On Monday, officials from the Levy County School District and the Levy County teacher's union started working out the specific details of those pay raises.
Both sides agree on extending the raise to include both teachers and non-instructional employees, but disagree on how exactly to fund that.
School district officials want to use only the money appropriated by the state, while members of the teacher's union want the district to use both the state funds and surplus money out of their own general fund -- a move that would ensure each teacher receives the $2,500 raise promised by Gov. Rick Scott.
In addition to Levy, both Marion and Bradford County's negotiations are still on-going as well. Alachua County, though, is ahead of the curve -- they have reached a tentative agreement which will go up for a vote in front of the school board next week.
Meanwhile, Dixie County has not only reached an agreement, but has already submitted it to the state.
So far, only 5 percent of the money set aside by the state for the teacher pay raises has been distributed.
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