CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Clay County has seen a smooth start to the school year, at least in the classroom.
But when the books are closed and pens put away, a heated fight over teacher pay takes center stage.
Right now the district is in talks with the Clay County Education Association over teacher raises.
Action News uncovered an email from the district office. Deputy Superintendent Denise Adams recapped negotiations in an email delivered to the inbox of every teacher on the payroll.
President of CCEA Renna Lee Paiva didn't agree with the administrator's assessment, which was seen by more than 2,000 Clay County teachers.
"I didn't have any input in there and no one from my bargaining team had any input in there that was sent out on school email to my bargaining unit," said Paiva.
So Paiva fired back with a rebuttal. But we learned her response didn't get as many views as the deputy superintendent's. In fact, not one teacher saw it.
"Imagine my shock when it came back and it did not allow me to do that, so I was actually blocked from the county email system," Paiva said.
Action News got some answers from Adams by phone Wednesday afternoon.
She says the district is not intentionally trying to silence the union's side of the story.
Outside groups are not granted access to the countywide distribution list.
Paiva says the district is improperly influencing hundreds of teachers by using that distribution list.
"They need to hear from us because we're the ones representing them, so it was upsetting," said Paiva.
The school district limits access to that distribution list to a few individuals within administration, the IT department and public relations.