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Wed, Apr 24

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School District of Lee County

ESSER Arbitration

The arbitration hearing for the ESSER Grievance TALC filed will be heard on this day.

Time & Location

Apr 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

School District of Lee County, 2855 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers FL

About the event

On August 7, 2023, the School District of Lee County notified by email all TALC bargaining unit members that the District had "...exhausted [the District's] ESSER funds that were allocated for coverage pay." The FY23-FY25 TALC CBA states that, for FY23 and FY24, the District shall allocate for coverage "... $8.2 million per year in ESSER funding."

The District did not satisfy 10.04(4)(g) as they did not share or report the specified coverage data, even when requested by TALC. The overspending in FY23 by the District does not absolve them from funding coverage in FY24 at the agreed upon amount. The shortage of instructional staff and guest teachers, and the inability for SPALC Bargaining Unit personnel to cover empty classrooms puts additional work on current instructional staff.

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