Teachers fight for millions in longevity pay
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Some teachers in the Ysleta Independent School District are about to get a bonus, but they're not exactly happy about it. They say they're owed more money. It all stems from a disagreement over back pay. Since 2006, the Ysleta Teachers Association and the district have been at odds over a ruling from the state which says teachers with 26 years of experience or more were owed a minImum of $1500 in longevity pay.
The school board last night agreed to pay 50 teachers an additional $200, but the teacher's association says they're owed much more than that. They say the district now owes 300 teachers five years of back pay, totaling more than $6 million.