Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

Orange County Public Schools and The Classroom Teachers’ Association signed off on a preliminary agreement to raise salaries, pay for insurance hikes, and provide instructors with additional planning time.The deal comes after months of negotiations and several hours of bargaining at the CTA headquarters on Friday.”We think it’s a victory for students, teachers, and for the community because we’re hoping to fund our future,” CTA President Wendy Doromal said.The one-year agreement offers teachers an average 5.5% salary increase. The school district is also willing to pay for insurance increases. Another provision allows free planning time for teachers on select Wednesdays, which was a sticking point according to negotiators.The CTA entered Friday negotiations unsure of whether a deal would be struck.The Orange County School Board and teachers both need to vote on the agreement to ratify it. A previous deal failed because teachers voted it down.School district administrators and the CTA president say they are more optimistic this agreement will pass.”They deserve a raise and we don’t want to hold it from them any longer it’s an average 5.5% raise for teachers. We hope they’ll agree that they deserve it,” media relations direcotr for OCPS, Shari Bobinski said.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

Orange County Public Schools and The Classroom Teachers’ Association signed off on a preliminary agreement to raise salaries, pay for insurance hikes, and provide instructors with additional planning time.

The deal comes after months of negotiations and several hours of bargaining at the CTA headquarters on Friday.

“We think it’s a victory for students, teachers, and for the community because we’re hoping to fund our future,” CTA President Wendy Doromal said.

The one-year agreement offers teachers an average 5.5% salary increase. The school district is also willing to pay for insurance increases. Another provision allows free planning time for teachers on select Wednesdays, which was a sticking point according to negotiators.

The CTA entered Friday negotiations unsure of whether a deal would be struck.

The Orange County School Board and teachers both need to vote on the agreement to ratify it. A previous deal failed because teachers voted it down.

School district administrators and the CTA president say they are more optimistic this agreement will pass.

“They deserve a raise and we don’t want to hold it from them any longer it’s an average 5.5%

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