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Gradebook podcast: On Hillsborough County’s teacher pay dispute

By Jeffrey Solochek
Teachers picketed outside Steinbrenner High School on Monday morning. They are pushing for scheduled pay raises of $4,000 for roughly a third of the district's teaching force. The Hillsborough County School District says it can't afford the pay bump. [Photo courtesy of WTSP-Ch. 10]

Back in 2009, negotiators for the Hillsborough County school district and its teachers union crafted a salary schedule that would give teachers large raises every four years, if they would forego increases in the off years. A $4,000 hike was due this year. But system officials have told the employees it's not coming, because the district can't afford it. That news sparked teacher protests and student walkouts — a reaction that hasn't occurred in past years when the district didn't provide raises. What's the difference? Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association executive director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins discusses the situation with reporter Jeff Solochek.