IMMOKALEE, Fla - Teachers at an Immokalee High School say they haven't been paid in more than three weeks.
They worked at iGeneration Empowerment Academy in Immokalee, until the school shut down December 12.
"I feel they used us," says Valeria Filip. She was hired in September as a substitute teacher at iGeneration.
"It was a very confused and chaotic atmosphere," says Filip. "Everybody was going different places. Students didn't have a schedule to go by."
The Collier County School Board felt students' health, safety and welfare were in jeopardy and forced the charter school to shut down December 12. iGeneration is a charter school funded by taxpayers. That money is then given to a management company out of Tampa, which pays for everything including payroll.
Filip says that that company, iGeneration, hasn't paid her in more than three weeks.
"We deserve to be paid. The holidays are coming up, and we count on that money to pay our bills and we just don't have it now," says Filip.
Filip says the closing didn't come as a shock. Staff and students were notified in early November, but she and other teachers stuck it out for the kids.
"We did not abandon these children. we stayed with them to the end and I think that is why we deserve to be paid," says Filip.
As for the kids, they were given the option to go to another charter school or return to the school district.
Calls to iGeneration were not returned.