Alachua Teachers Get Raise While Other Counties Still Waiting
Stephanie Denardo / WUFT News
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.
More Stories in Education
Beginning Sept. 20, families that purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan may receive refund benefits, price reductions and waived enrollment fees. Payment reductions will be applied to Prepaid Plans and refund checks will be processed and mailed within four to six weeks after.
A Clay County mother has filed a complaint with FERPA after her daughter was told to wear a pair of red pants and a bright yellow T-shirt with the words “Dress Code Violation” visibly printed on both. The punishment came after an Oakleaf High School teacher said the student’s skirt was too short.
According to a letter from the Alachua County Superintendent of Schools Owen Roberts, FAIR testing for students in kindergarten through the second grade has been cancelled for the year. The test will be temporarily replaced by an observational sheet for each student.
Alachua County Public School juniors continue to outperform their peers in the state on the ACT college entrance exam in 2014 and almost achieve the national average score by students who are graduating. The average overall score for Alachua County juniors is [...]
An Alachua County teacher is refusing to administer a state-mandated test to her students.