Gradebook podcast: More than money — Pinellas County teacher contract negotiations

Teacher pay matters. But some other conditions, such as uninterrupted planning time, are key to a happy work force too, PCTA president Mike Gandolfo says.
Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Mike Gandolfo at a February rally opposing HB 7055. [Jeffrey S. Solochek]
Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Mike Gandolfo at a February rally opposing HB 7055. [Jeffrey S. Solochek]
Published December 6

Across Florida and the nation, teachers have been demanding better pay for the work they do. The concerns surpass just pay, though, as educators see their work loads rise as working conditions deteriorate.

It's those non-financial objectives that have the Pinellas County Classroom Teachers Association refusing to accept contract terms with their district, as the academic year nears the end of the first semester.

PCTA president Mike Gandolfo talks with reporter Jeff Solochek about what his group wants to see beyond a raise, and how the School Board and Florida Legislature can change their approach to support teachers.

Related coverage: 'They will not break us.' Pinellas teachers turn down a raise to press for better working conditions. 

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