OSCEOLA COUNTY , Fla. — Osceola County teachers will receive a $2,000 supplement as part of the school district’s efforts to improve the lives of educators.
On April 13, the Osceola County Education Association Instructional Bargaining Team and the SDOC Bargaining Team met to negotiate adjustments in teacher pay.
The school district agreed to pay teachers a supplement of $2,000 that will be reflected on their May 15 paycheck.
The Osceola County Education Association (OCEA) was hoping to receive a salary increase this year, but the supplement is an immediate solution for short-term relief.
OCEA will continue conversations to negotiate a salary increase for next year.
In addition, to the supplement, the association proposed the following improvements to educators working conditions:
- Additional days off for bereavement leave.
- Additional pay for counselors, social workers, ESE/ESOL resource compliance specialists, and media specialists to cover their extra work days at the beginning and end of the school year.
- Additional planning time for teachers during testing season.
- Paycheck protection to ensure 24-paycheck employees get their summer checks on the last day of school.
- Compliance with the state statute that gives additional payment for critical need educators and teachers at Title I schools.
According to OCEA, the school district had a positive response to these requests, and they are hopeful that more steps can be taken in their next bargaining session on May 11.
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