DeSantis Proposes Increase for Teachers’ Minimum Salary

Posted on October 7, 2019 by Staff reports

Governor Ron DeSantis today announced his proposal to increase the minimum salary for teachers across the state. The Governor’s proposed 2020 budget recommendation will include a pay raise for more than 101,000 teachers in Florida by raising the minimum salary to $47,500.

According to the National Education Association, Florida ranks 26th in the nation for starting teacher pay at $37,636. With this investment of over $600 million, raising the minimum salary to $47,500 will rank Florida 2nd in the nation for starting teacher pay.

“We are experiencing a teacher shortage in Florida,” said Governor DeSantis. “With a strong economy and plenty of jobs available in other fields, unfortunately too many college graduates are unwilling to enter the teaching profession. My proposal to increase the minimum salary for teachers to $47,500 will help alleviate this shortage and elevate the teaching profession to the level of appreciation it deserves. This is long overdue, and I look forward to working with the legislature to make this a reality.”

“Getting a great teacher in front of every child is the number one proven way to get great outcomes for students,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “Today, Governor Ron DeSantis is elevating Florida’s teachers like never before and is making a statement nationally that Florida is the Education State and he is the Education Governor. Florida going from number 26 to number 2 in the nation in starting pay sends a clear signal to Florida’s teachers and our entire education family that we are ready to celebrate our teachers and foster lifelong success for our students.”

Governor DeSantis announced his proposal during a visit to Middleburg High School in Clay County, where he was joined by Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley. This afternoon, he will visit Bayview Elementary School in Broward County and Dunedin High School in Pinellas County.

Teachers have made an incredibly positive impact on my life and the lives of my wife and kids,” said Senator Rob Bradley. “This session, it’s time to say thank you both in word and in deed. I’m proud to stand with Governor Ron DeSantis as we fight for higher pay for Florida teachers.”

Education has been a top priority of Governor DeSantis’ administration. During the 2019 Legislative Session, the Governor worked with the Florida Legislature to secure historic achievements for Florida’s students and families, including:

  • The highest ever per pupil spending at $7,672 per student.
  • The Creation of the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program, which expands education opportunities for children of families with limited financial resources.
  • Continued legislative and funding support for the Schools of Hope Program and expanded the locations where the Schools of Hope Program can operate. 
  • $10 million in funding dedicated to career and technical education for the newly created Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grand Program.
  • Funding for students on the waiting list for the Gardiner Scholarship and cleared the waitlist for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.
  • $10 million to fund teacher professional development in computer science and reward those teachers for earning credentials to teach high quality computer science courses.