Teacher pay in Florida averaged $49,102 for the 2019-2020 school year, the third lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data released last month by the National Education Association (NEA).
The average teacher salary in Florida in 2019-20 was 1.63 percent more than it was the previous year, the NEA data shows. In 2018-19, public school teacher salaries in the state averaged $48,314.
Nationwide, the average public school teacher’s pay during the 2019-20 school year stood at $64,133, the NEA reported. And the U.S. average increase in teacher pay between 2018-19 and 2019-20 was 2.9 percent, the study found.
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For the current school year, the NEA projects that the average public school teacher salary will rise by an additional 1.5 percent, to $65,090.
According to a news release by Governor Ron DeSantis' office, this year's Florida legislative session secured an investment into teachers' salaries of $550 million to elevate the minimum starting salary to $47,500, though it is unclear when all districts will be able to offer this. Additionally, DeSantis announced yesterday another $215 million to provide all of Florida’s eligible public school principals and teachers with $1,000 'disaster relief payments'. While this is a positive development, it will take more than this to move out of the lower 10% and compete with other states' investment into teacher salaries, according to the numbers provided by the NEA. [If you or your student would like professional essay writing assistance, consider this article in California News Times.]
Source: National Education Association
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