Ashley Smith Juarez doesn’t think Duval’s teachers should have raises.
First a little context. Last year Governor Scott made a big to do about giving teachers a 2500 dollar raise. When it was all said in done teachers in Duval got a slightly more than 2000 dollar bonus. Most districts did give a raise but a few others did give bonuses too.
This year the state gave the district another 20 million, with eased restrictions about how the money had to be spent. Becki Couch and Ashley Smith-Juarez have made overtones that the money be spent elsewhere.
Where not thrilled by Mrs. Couch, she was a former teacher and should understand how hard teachers work and how much of their own money they spend but I am really galled by Smith-Juarez. This lady is a multi-millionaire and here she is suggesting, hey lets use the money for something else.
From WJCT: But also not entirely off the table is the estimated $20 million in state funding earmarked for teacher pay raises, which school board member Ashley Smith Juarez and chairwoman Becki Couch noted during Tuesday’s meeting. Legislation passed in the House and Senate allows districts greater flexibility in how to use the money. The district is in currently the process of negotiating teacher salary schedules with the Duval Teachers United union (DTU).
Once again there are alternatives, the district having received 35 million in QEA money to pay for their pet projects, much of which I think will be wasted and they are sitting on double the statutory amount they are supposed to keep in reserves too.
But as usual they think it is okay that teachers take it on the chin.