DeSantis Wants To Raise Minimum Teacher Salaries To $47,500
Teachers across Florida would earn the second highest salaries in the nation under a proposal announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.
DeSantis’ proposed 2020 budget recommendation calls for allocating more $600 million toward raising the minimum salary for more than 101,000 teachers in the state to $47,500, according to a news release.
“We are experiencing a teacher shortage in Florida,” DeSantis said Monday during a news conference at Middleburg High School in Clay County. “With a strong economy and plenty of jobs available in other fields, unfortunately too many college graduates are unwilling to enter the teaching profession.
“My proposal to increase the minimum salary for teachers to $47,500 will help alleviate this shortage and elevate the teaching profession to the level of appreciation it deserves. This is long overdue, and I look forward to working with the legislature to make this a reality.”
Florida teachers currently average $37,636 a year, ranking 26th in the nation, according to the National Education Center.
DeSantis also will visit Bayview Elementary School in Broward County before speaking at Dunedin High School at 3:30 p.m.
“Getting a great teacher in front of every child is the No. 1 proven way to get great outcomes for students,” Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said during the news conference.
“Florida going from No. 26 to No. 2 in the nation in starting pay sends a clear signal to Florida’s teachers and our entire education family that we are ready to celebrate our teachers and foster lifelong success for our students.”
DeSantis doesn’t have to release his full budget proposal until December. He said the teacher salary proposal would cost $603 million, and said it is “easily doable.”
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