Florida teacher pay raises are skimpy at best
Seven months into the fiscal year, and 37 of 67 Florida school districts (including Pinellas) still don't know for sure how much they're going to pay their teachers. Of those that have reached agreements with their unions, the average raise is 2 percent, according to the latest reports from Florida Educational Negotiators.
Given that the budget looks even worse for next year, does anyone want to hazard a guess as to how many districts will cut teacher salaries, a la Manatee? A couple of districts (Lee and Clay) are already floating that idea.
But wait: State Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, state Rep. Luis Garcia, D-Miami Beach, and United Teachers of Dade president Karen Aronowitz are holding a press conference this morning to announce "likely action by the state to protect further cuts in teacher salaries here and across Florida."
Hmmm. Stay tuned …
Ron Matus, state education reporter