Orange Co. teachers still waiting on raise



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Records show Orange County is one of four district statewide with an unsettled contract that would give teachers raises.

Union officials said they have been waiting on the raises for months.

Union president Diana Moore said 13,000 teachers in Orange County have been waiting for the raise, which they thought they would get in August.

“We got to this point because we couldn’t come to a middle. We were bargaining from last year for the 2013-2014 school year,” Moore said.

A 56-page report outlines the issues for both sides.

Under the special magistrate’s recommendation, effective teachers will receive about a $2,400 salary increase.

Highly effective teachers will receive a $2,700 raise.

Moore said teachers are close to finally getting the money but are not there yet.

“Our teachers are calling and asking, ‘Is it going to be in our check next week?’ and that’s not the case. We’re still in the pipeline of a legal process, but we’re closer” Moore said.