Osceola teachers, we need your help! Achieving an 8.7% cost of living adjustment is a big undertaking. We need you, your friends, and your family members to make your voices heard in an email campaign. First, if you haven’t signed our petition, take a moment and add your name. Next, reach out to school board members to encourage them to accept the proposal. Help Osceola County teachers get the wages they deserve.
Osceola County Educator Association is providing the following email template for your convenience. We encourage you to use this template and edit it to fit your message.
I am writing today in support of OCEA’s proposed 8.7% cost of living increase for all teachers. As a _____ (teacher/staff member/parent/student)_____, I support this increase because I know how much our hard working teachers deserve it! With costs rising across Osceola, our educators are struggling to keep up.
We all know that teachers spend their own money on supplies and treats for students throughout the entire year. As grocery prices rise, so does the amount that teachers have to put back into their classroom. On top of this, teachers are paying more for gas, utilities, rent, and all of the other basic necessities. It is unthinkable for their salaries not to keep pace with this demand.
And the results of this discrepancy are devastating.
Teacher vacancies are at an all time high. SDOC lost over 100 educators in the first nine weeks of the school year. There are currently 230+ vacant teaching positions. There are literally hundreds of kids who are not getting the education they deserve because teacher are over worked, under paid, and no longer able to afford to continue.
We know these problems aren’t unique to Osceola. But the solution can be.
With an 8.7% cost of living increase, we will set the standard for fair teacher treatment across the state of Florida and truly change the face of education. We can bring hope and energy back to the ones who have given this for so long!
Please support this increase! This IS how I want my taxpayer dollars to be spent!