So much for teacher raises in Florida, they will receive one time bonuses instead

With a lot of fanfare Governor Rick Scott said he wanted to
raise teacher salaries in Florida. After much hemming and hawing and threats to
veto other legislation the Florida legislature eventually budgeted 480 million
dollars for what they said would be teacher raises.  
I asked before if the money was going to be a bonus or an
actual raise. The governor and legislature have I believe been purposely vague
on this point. A raise would require an annual 480 million dollar commitment
and seeing their penchant for cutting education in non-election years I am not
optimistic that will be the case. Neither is superintendent Vitti.
From the Folio:   The superintendent also points to his commitment to issuing
salary-step raises in his upcoming budget, as well as distributing Gov. Rick
Scott’s appropriation for teacher raises as “bonuses” in Duval County.
“That’s
nonrecurring,” he said of Scott’s teacher-raise money, noting that it cannot
 
be counted upon in future years because of what he calls the
“whimsical” nature of the Florida Legislature.
Whimsical
is definitely one way to put it.
Every
little bit helps but teachers are still smarting from the 3% pay cut they took two years ago, money they will never be able to reclaim. 

One Reply to “So much for teacher raises in Florida, they will receive one time bonuses instead”

  1. I've been at the top of the pay scale in Clay County for 10 years with no raise. This is the only profession that doesn't reward the wisdom and knowledge gained by years of experience. I was hoping that I would see a revolution in the field of education before I retire in 2 years, but it doesn't look like it.
    Paschle

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