Friday, a judge ordered the Clark County School District to give teachers a pay raise. The raises were supposed to kick in in June, and on Wednesday, teachers said they are worried the district is stalling.
For more than a year, the teachers union has been duking it out with the school district over raises for teachers. This spring, the district appealed a court decision in favor of the union. Since a judge sided with the union too, the decision falls in the hands of the school board of trustees.
"We got the emails and we were all happy I was texting my friends like 'Yay that's exciting,'" Kindergarten teacher Jessica Jones said.
Jones said teachers across the Clark County School District were thrilled a judge ruled CCSD must give its teachers raises and additional health insurance funding.
"It is not fair to ask people to come into a profession and promise them specific things so they can raise their families and pay their bills, and then decide a few years down the road, we spent that money, so we're not going to make good on our promises," teacher Angie Sullivan said.
This spring, the school district argued it didn't have money to pay teachers for the raises. When the judge ruled for the raises, district administration said they're reviewing that decision.
"That's what they agreed to in our contracts we're supposed to get our step every year and we put in all those hours and we're supposed to move to the next column," Jones said.
It's Jones' second year teaching in the district. Last year, she said she worked dozens of hours for free, to try to get to the next step on the pay scale.
"When you're not getting your step, you're putting in all this work and it kind of makes you feel like they don't value you or respect you," Jones said.
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