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?
TODAY, the ongoing discussion over #teacherspay continues in #Hillsborough. Many teachers say they were promised $4K raises. The district says that was the plan, not a promise, and now they can't afford it. @KellieCowan explains how they'll try to come to an agreement this wk. pic.twitter.com/ylHs5gf1MX— Vanessa Ruffes FOX13 (@RuffesFOX13) April 23, 2018
One-third of Hillsborough teachers have gone without raises for four years, the union says https://t.co/L2tHxi8al1— Thomas C. Tobin (@ThomasCTobin) April 23, 2018
It’s the same reason Oklahoma and Arizona currently have teachers walking out en masse. It’s a high stress job with an ever-increasing list of regulations and requirements, but no pay increase to match. Teaching is not a highly-esteemed career in this country. I’m getting out!— Angela Brenneman (@aaerendgast) April 24, 2018
Students have even walked in in the past - in support of getting their teachers some raises...
Students at Hillsborough High School walk out in protest as they support their teachers who have not received pay raises they were promised. The battle over pay >> https://t.co/JdihRMp6kG | @abcactionnews pic.twitter.com/ewAowi7PUu— Lauren Rozyla-Wong (@LaurenRozyla) November 9, 2017