Teacher jobs, raises on the line into the holidays
With little more than a week before winter break begins, the vast majority of them still don't know if they'll get a raise this year, much less whether they'll have jobs next year.
Hernando was one of the lucky ones when it settled for a 2.37 percent raise this week. More common is Pasco's situation, where the teachers have declared an impasse in negotiations and the administration is floating the idea of layoffs. (Hillsborough already has settled, too, while Pinellas remains in negotiations.)
Here's a roundup of just today's news on how things are shaping up in other districts:
- St. Lucie teachers and noninstructional personnel approve a contract that includes no raises as a way to avoid layoffs, the Stuart News reports.
- Santa Rosa looks to lose as many as 200 teaching slots, with no promise that attritition can handle it all, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
- Escambia leaders say they'll have a better projection of how many teachers they'll need for 2009-10 by January, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
- Broward's union calls for a forensic analysis of the district budget to see if it can find money for raises, the Miami Herald reports.