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Fight for salary increases heads to the bargaining table -
TALLAHASSEE – The next step in the battle to get pay raises for teachers, other instructional personnel and education staff professionals goes from the Capitol to each county in the state, as local teacher organizations will be bargaining with school districts in the days and weeks ahead.
Gov. Rick Scott wanted an across-the-board $2,500 raise for all teachers. Legislative leaders went along with the idea, but leaders in the House wanted it tied to performance. The Legislature also added administrators to the list but didn’t increase the money allocated for raises.
“We labored long and hard with the Governor’s Office and legislative leaders to provide as much flexibility as possible in awarding teacher raises,” said Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andy Ford. “We made sure that it wasn’t automatically tied to the disastrous evaluation system that emerged in the wake of SB 736, which was passed two years ago.”
Ford said local school districts had flexibility to work with teachers and education professionals to work out the details and get the raises to school employees quickly.
“We are fiercely determined to ensure teachers, other instructional personnel and education staff professionals are fairly compensated,” Ford said. “Teachers in Florida earn $10,000 below the national average, and we are committed to closing that gap. The hard-working professionals who work as classroom aides, bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, food service professionals and a myriad of other job classifications are also in need of a better living salary. We believe that increases for teachers and other education professionals should be the top priority in these negotiations – ahead of raises for administrators or spending on district programs.”