MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (WCJB) — Governor Ron DeSantis announced his proposal to increase the minimum salary for teachers across Florida Monday.
The 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.
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.
According to the National Education Association, Florida ranks 26th in the nation for starting teacher pay at $37,636. The proposed minimum salary of $47,500 will raise Florida’s rank to 2nd.
“We are experiencing a teacher shortage in Florida,” Governor DeSantis said. “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.”