In an article recently published by the Tampa Bay Times, Hillsborough County cannot afford to give teachers raises this year. WHAT?!
I don't have children, but I cannot bear to think where my hard-earned tax dollars are going to. Plus, what about the money raised by the Florida Lottery? See, my issue with this is this... in order to survive - people need to make a decent wage. Cost are going up around the Tampa Bay area. Even going out to eat in SoHo, Channelside, Bayshore area... it cost a ton. Teachers who don't earn a decent wage will go elsewhere leaving kids with less motivated people to want to teach them.
Quality teachers are what Hillsborough County needs - and the fact is, we're going to lose many.
I personally have a friend who works in the Hillsborough County School system; she verifies this story is true - and most of the classroom materials are now provided for right out of her own pocket.
Here's the question - people want more School Resource Officers in schools; how is Hillsborough County going to afford them?
Students have even walked in in the past - in support of getting their teachers some raises...