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Teacher pay raises still in limbo in Clay County

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Updated: 8/28/2013 11:41 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – It's back to the drawing board for Clay County teachers as their union and the school district continue to disagree over teacher pay.

The Clay County Education Association is tangled in a bitter back and forth with district leaders over pay.

Both sides have rejected two proposals, leaving potential raises in limbo for teachers.

"Just unbelievable," said CCEA president Renna Lee Paiva. "It actually just shakes the core."

Right now, Florida ranks 47th in the nation for teacher pay.

Paiva says at stake is about $6 million Gov. Rick Scott allocated to bump teacher salaries.

But she says that's not how the district wants to dish out those dollars.

Its plan calls for subtracting $1.4 million for other needs, then using the remaining money as a one-time bonus.

Not spending it on increasing the teacher salary scale.

"We have not had money on the salary scale in seven years. Clay County teachers have been stagnant, staying the same since 2008. We want the money," said Paiva.

Paiva said if that money isn't placed within the salary scale, teachers are not guaranteed it next year and will be forced to once again bargain for it, which she says isn't what the governor intended it for.

The school district tells Action News that the money is still going to be put in teachers' pockets.

"We will continue to bargain in good faith and we hope we can come to an agreement soon," said CCSD Deputy Superintendent Denise Adams. "Because we would like to see that money get into the hands of our teachers as soon as possible."

CCEA goes back to the bargaining table with district leaders next Thursday. The meeting is open to the public.

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