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Alachua Teachers Get Raise While Other Counties Still Waiting

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Schools such as East Marion Elementary School won't see a pay raise like the schools in Alachua County did.
Schools such as East Marion Elementary School won't see a pay raise like the schools in Alachua County did.

The Alachua County School Board approved teachers pay raise after months of negotiations. Fifteen other counties are still waiting for deals.

Karen McCann, president of the Alachua County Education Association, said the teachers received a 5 percent raise on average.

The raise began Nov. 15 and was the first in the last five years.

The deal came after Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to school districts urging them to reach a raise deal by the end of the year.

The other 15 counties may not reach an agreement before that time. Marion County officials said teachers won’t get a raise until after the winter break.

Jackie Johnson, member of the Alachua County School Board, said that the negotiations are not just about the money.

Issues such as employment terms may slow down negotiations, she said.

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