The Hillsborough County School Board and the teacher’s union failed to reach a deal during a negotiation meeting over pay increases Wednesday.
For months, Hillsborough County teachers have protested, showed up at school board meetings and organized events to demand a pay raise that they said they were promised.
“I’m still making what I made the last three years,” says Hillsborough teacher Brittni Wegmann. “What it means for me is, how I financially plan for my own future.”
Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, the teacher’s union’s executive director said the district offered them $36 million, which is about $10 million short of what they need to cover raises.
A spokesman for the school district says the pay raise is written into a pay contract with the union, but can only be put into place if the funds are available.
The raise is also subject to negotiation with the union, and right now the county claims it just doesn’t have enough money for the full raise.
“So here I am going into, about to go into, about to finish my 6th year, going into my seventh year and I’m still making what I made the last three years,” Wegmann added.
The next meeting is set for May 21 at 2 p.m.