Orange County school board to vote on teacher raises Thursday



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Time is running out for thousands of teachers in Orange County who are still waiting on raises from the school district.

Union officials said the raises haven’t been doled out because there the district and the union couldn’t come to terms on the contract agreement.

Orange County teachers have fought since August to get the raises they were promised from the legislature and the governor.

About 99 percent of the district’s 13,000 teachers were expected to get a more than $2,000 raise.

Tomorrow, the school board will weigh in and vote on aspects of the contract the union and the district can’t agree on, including pay raises, and linking teacher’s pay to student performance.

District officials said the evaluations must start this school year, but the union is fighting to push the evaluations to next year.

The union president said if inconsistencies aren’t worked out, it could create stress for teachers and students.

“They’re taking this high-stake test that’s going to affect their children, as well as their teachers in the future,” said Dianna Moore, president of Orange Classroom Teachers Association.