School & District Management

Boost Teachers’ Pay, Urges Fla. Governor

By Andrew Ujifusa — January 29, 2013 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced a proposal to raise the pay of his state’s teachers, but the idea must pass muster with the legislature first and could face other complications at the district level.

The Republican said that his fiscal 2014 budget request includes funding for a $2,500 salary increase for classroom teachers, a total of $480 million.

“I can think of no better investment for our state than investing in those teachers who work on the frontline of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children,” Mr. Scott said last week in a statement announcing the proposed pay hike.

However, he acknowledged in the same statement that the state legislature (controlled in both chambers by fellow Republicans) would have to approve the budget request.

Teachers’ union reaction in the state has been mixed. Richard Smith, the president of the Brevard County Schools union, told the Associated Press that Mr. Scott can’t simply impose the raises, even if teachers appreciate the idea, since they would have to be collectively bargained.

Ruth Melton, the director of legislative relations for the Florida School Boards Association, noted that the salary increase would only apply to full-time classroom teachers, not guidance counselors, media specialists, and other school employees. Those other workers may feel that their districts should also increase their salary or other benefits, she said, if teachers end up with the salary increases.

“There are certainly equity concerns among employees other than the full-time teachers [who] work just as hard,” Ms. Melton said.

A political calculus could be behind the proposal from Gov. Scott, who is up for re-election in 2014 and has clashed in court with teachers about his policy on their evaluations, but so could a sincere desire to respond to constituents, she noted.

“He recognizes that parents and communities are unhappy with cuts that have been endured by the education community,” Ms. Melton said.

Mr. Scott increased K-12 funding by $1 billion in fiscal 2013, up to $17.2 billion, but critics said it only partially made up for cuts he approved the previous year.

A version of this article appeared in the January 30, 2013 edition of Education Week as Boost Teachers’ Pay, Urges Fla. Governor


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
School & District Management Webinar
Leadership in Education: Building Collaborative Teams and Driving Innovation
Learn strategies to build strong teams, foster innovation, & drive student success.
Content provided by Follett Learning
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Principals, Lead Stronger in the New School Year
Join this free virtual event for a deep dive on the skills and motivation you need to put your best foot forward in the new year.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Privacy & Security Webinar
Navigating Modern Data Protection & Privacy in Education
Explore the modern landscape of data loss prevention in education and learn actionable strategies to protect sensitive data.
Content provided by  Symantec & Carahsoft

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management How Principals Are Outsourcing Their Busywork to AI
Principals are chipping away at their administrative to-do lists with a little help from AI.
6 min read
Education technology and AI Artificial Intelligence concept, Women use laptops, Learn lessons and online webinars successfully in modern digital learning,  Courses to develop new skills
School & District Management Opinion How to Let Your Values Guide You as a School Leader
Has your “why” become fuzzy? Here are four steps to keep principals motivated and moving forward.
Damia C. Thomas
4 min read
Silhouette of a figure inside of which is reflected public school life, Self-reflection of career in education
Vanessa Solis/Education Week via Canva
School & District Management ‘Be Vocal Without Being Vicious’: Superintendents on Fighting for More Funding
Two superintendents talk about stepping into the political realm to call for more public school funding.
5 min read
Photo of dollar bills frozen in ice.
iStock / Getty Images Plus
School & District Management New Principals Have a Steep Learning Curve. Could Apprenticeships Help?
North Dakota's leaders share what they've learned about creating a principal apprenticeship in a playbook aimed at other states
5 min read
Photo of principals walking in school hallway.