1. Florida

School board members, elected superintendents get small raises

Florida's elected superintendents and school board members are getting small raises, in line with the statutory formula, for 2016-17.

The recently announced increases don't come close to the amounts being negotiated for teachers and school-related personnel in most districts around the state.

Board members in Pinellas and Hernando counties will get 0.3 percent raises, up to $42,354 and $34,742, respectively. In Hillsborough, board members are in line for a raise of 0.15 percent, up to $42,681. And in Pasco County, the board and superintendent will receive an added 0.27 percent, or $39,641 and $144,196, respectively.

Superintendents in Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas are appointed, and their pay rates are set outside the state formula.

In past years, lawmakers have often targeted school board member salaries when the local officials have not agreed with some state objectives. For a while, the boards were required to publicly set their own pay rates, which often led to heated debates. At one point, some lawmakers tried to make the position unpaid.

Lately, though, the state has reverted back to the formula, which district bookkeepers are now using as they update their payroll.

Want to see the history of school board and superintendent salaries? The Office of Economic and Demographic Research has the data going back to 1985-86.