BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Teachers in Broward County celebrated a huge victory Wednesday as the school district announced that teachers will get raises.
It took months of negotiations and some heated back and forth between the teachers union and the school district before the raises were approved.
Both parties agreed on raises that will range from 3 to 5 percent, based on when the teachers were hired and their performance.
At least half of the teachers are expected to receive a 5 percent raise.
The teachers union initially asked for a 5.5 percent raise for all teachers, but union leaders said they're happy with what they got.
"The amount is more than really, truthfully, what we thought we were going to get. We know that it's not super, super large. We went realistic, and I think they heard us all sorts of ways," Broward Teachers Union president Anna Fusco said.
BCPS superintendent Robert Runcie told Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa that the school district was able to make room in its annual budget for the raises.
But school officials are already worried, saying that possible state cuts to the school budget could jeopardize raises in the future.