POSTED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 1:34pm
El Paso- Ysleta Independent School Teachers say they are fighting for the raise they were supposed to be paid years ago.
In 2006, the state mandated a $1200 raise for teachers. "The teachers that were twenty six years on up with experience did not get the money that they were supposed to get, and the district said no we've paid you and we don't owe you any money, " said Arlinda Valencia, Ysleta Teachers Association.
The Teachers Association filed a complaint at all levels and lost. Then they took the problem to the Texas Education Agency, which backed their cause. The TEA told the school district to pay their teachers. Once again, the heads of the district said no and so the TEA went to the Commissioner of Education.
Valencia said "We're out of the picture, they're not suing us..they're suing the commissioner of education over the findings of this case and that is what I feel this is a waste of tax payer money." She says the the school district administration is paying legal fees to fight this case in Austin, to keep money which it owes to experienced teachers.
The Ysleta School District would not comment on camera but they did release a statement. Their spokesperson said " YISD has paid teachers correctly. We believe this is a non-issue. We won at all three grievance levels and the Commissioner ruled in our favor on the teacher dispute."