in

DeSantis signs bill to raise Florida teachers’ base salary at Hialeah Gardens charter school

HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County that he is increasing the base salary of Florida’s K-12 classroom teachers to $47,500.

During his visit to the Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah Gardens, DeSantis signed HB 641 Funds for the Operation of Schools bill, which includes the new $500 million program.

“This is a really big day for teacher’s compensation and we look forward to getting it to the teachers,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said the measure raised Florida teachers’ starting pay from 26th to fifth in the nation. He was citing the National Education Association’s annual ranking. The 2017-2018 average starting teacher salary in Florida was $37,636.

DeSantis chose to make the announcement about the use of public funds in a place that supports the for-profit school world of Miami-Dade County.

Attorney Roberto Blanch, who specializes in real estate law, is the president of Mater Academy. The expanding network of charter schools he leads is linked to Academica, an influential for-profit charter school management company.

Attorney Ignacio Zulueta, also an accountant, and his brother Fernando Zulueta founded both Mater Academy and Academica. The Zulueta brothers also own the real estate that while used to run charter schools through a lease is exempt from some property taxes.

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, Education Commissioner of Florida Richard Corcoran, Sen. Bill Galvano, Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Toby Overdorf also attended the news conference.

Here is the base pay ranking before DeSantis signed the bill:

1. New Jersey – $51,443

2. California – $46,992

3. Alaska – $46,954

4. Hawaii – $46,790

5. Connecticut – $45,922

6. New York – $45,589

7. Massachusetts – $45,498

8. Wyoming – $45,241

9. Maryland – $45,147

10. Pennsylvania – $44,647

11. Washington – $42,240

12. Rhode Island – $41,869

13. Delaware -$41,639

14. Texas – $41,481

16. Louisiana – $40,303

15. Virginia – $40,453

17. Illinois – $31,236

18. Nevada – $39.054

19. North Dakota – $38,611

20. Minnesotta – $38,529

21. Utah – $38,499

22. Vermont – $38,499

23. Alabama – $38,491

26. Florida – $37,636

WATCH: Statements after the announcement

Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved.



Source link

Report

What do you think?

74 points
Upvote Downvote

Comments

Leave a Reply

Loading…

0
Iginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player elected

Iginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player elected

Florida travelers to NY, New Jersey, Connecticut told to isolate

Florida travelers to NY, New Jersey, Connecticut told to isolate