Pasco teachers union files grievances over elementary teacher work load
For nearly two years, Pasco County elementary school teachers have complained about their increasingly burdensome workload.
They've spoken of added paperwork, data entry and review, student testing and staff meetings. All of it, they've said, has taken away from instruction.
Informal conversations with district administrators at first looked promising, but so far have yielded no resolution. So the United School Employees of Pasco has filed two class action grievances seeking relief, on behalf of more than 1,300 teachers from 43 of the county's 46 elementary schools.
"We believe the continuing escalation of workload for these teachers is unfair," Jim Ciadella, USEP business representative, said Tuesday. "Yes, they are working beyond their contracted hours, yes, because they are dedicated. But also because the workload is increasing. We have been asking, what comes off the proverbial plate? Nothing."
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