SCS teacher to receive raise, back pay in November - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

SCS teacher to receive raise, back pay in November

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County school teachers are awaiting their raises, but those raises are connected to the end of the year test scores from last school year, according to Superintendent Dorsey Hopson. There is where the problem lies. 

With the school system three months into the new school year, the scores for the tests have still not been released. That means no teacher raises.

Hearing about this holdup in raises has made some parents angry.

Parents like Gina Huery said the teachers deserve their raises and she depends on those teachers to educate her two oldest children.

"Teachers work hard and they deserve what they should get paid," Huery said. "I think it's horrible. I believe they should have received their raises."

The end of the year test scores, which have not been released and are delaying the teachers' raises, are used to evaluate the students' annual performance.

Since the scores have not been released, there is also a delay in the teachers receiving their annual performance-based salary increase. 

But, Shelby County Schools is not responsible for the delay. That is coming from the state.

The teachers are receiving some support from Hopson, who sent a letter to the Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen asking for a time from for the release of the test scores.

In the letter, Hopson tells the TDOE Commissioner the Shelby County teachers are "dissatisfied with the delay and apprehensive about our commitment to provide increases."

Darrell O'Neal, an attorney for the Memphis Shelby County Education Association, said teachers' uncertainties could push them to pursue litigation.

"So whenever you're dealing with government, the problem that you have is that the government just works slow," O'Neal said. "The effect that it will have on teacher's psyche is that the system, the administration doesn't care about teachers."

SCS teachers have learned they are expected to receive their pay raise in November, along with back pay

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