TAMPA, Fla. – Thousands of Florida’s teachers are expected to receive a raise over the next year, but some executives at the state’s largest teachers’ union say seasoned educators are still at risk of being left behind.
On June 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis officially signed the teacher salary plan. The new law and funding increases the minimum wage for full-time teachers in each school district to a minimum of $ 47,500 per year.
It is expected to be members of the Hillsborough County School Board Approve the teacher’s salary increase allocation plan The school district is expected to receive approximately $ 38 million from the state to fund these pay increases.
Overall, this plan focuses on increasing the remuneration of full-time teachers in the classroom as well as helping school districts recruit and retain classroom teachers and faculty.
The Florida Department of Education said this was the largest teacher compensation package in the state’s history. Florida ranks number five in terms of teacher salaries according to the FDOE.
The Florida Education Association calls the figure of $ 47,500 “a goal that the governor and lawmakers have set themselves over a period of years.”
The teachers’ union leaders say very few districts have received enough investment this year to meet this minimum salary. That means school districts will work to bring as many teachers as possible to the new $ 47,500 salary, based on the district’s share of the $ 500 million the state spent on the initiative.
“We must hold lawmakers accountable for its multi-year commitment,” said the Florida Education Association Website factsheet on this initiative. “This is the only way to achieve a significant increase in salaries.”
Additionally, the FEA has concerns that seasoned teachers may not get the boosts they deserve on an equal footing.
“In some countries there could be teachers who have been in the profession for 12 or 15 years and do the same thing as someone who is just walking in the door,” said the FEA officials on Facebook live on March 12, four days after the legislature Had passed teacher salary plan.
The $ 500 million teacher’s allocation is foreseen for the 2020-21 school year.
“Like all wages, these are negotiated between your local union and your school district,” according to the Florida Education Association. “As for the size of the increase, it will be very different.”
Schedule for School Districts to Adopt this Plan:
- On or before October 1, 2020, each school district must submit to the Florida Department of Education an approved salary plan for the district and the approved salary plan for each charter school in the district.
- On or before December 1, 2020, each school district is required to provide the FDOE with a preliminary detailed report on the allocation of expenses for increasing teachers’ salaries. Each board of directors of the charter school must submit their preliminary report to the district in a timely manner so that it can be included in the school district’s report to the FDOE.
- By August 1, 2021, each school district must submit a final report to the FDOE on the allocation of increases in salaries for teachers. Each board of directors of the charter school must submit their final report to the district in good time for it to be included in the school district’s report to the FDOE.