Florida teachers’ unions fight elements of state compensation plan

Veteran Florida teachers have struggled to make financial gains in recent years without giving up their current contracts. State lawmakers did not prioritize them for increases, instead focusing on improving base pay. As teachers’ unions try to get more money for their more experienced members, they face obstacles. Read on for this story and more information on education in Florida.

The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association asked for extra longevity during negotiations. District officials denied the request.

Duval County teachers have reached a deal to raise some salaries up to the state’s target minimum of $ 47,500. The deal does not give similar increases to more veteran district educators, reports the WJCT.

Governor Ron DeSantis included the teacher increases in his 2022 budget proposal. The initiative continued to focus on the minimum wage. See the governor’s proposal here.

Hot topics

Masking: The College Board is offering free SAT retakes to students who attended the recent test administration at a Flagler County high school where a school board member urged them not to wear masks despite a College Board requirement. Flagler Live reports.

Academic freedom: The president of the University of Florida and the faculty’s Senate have reached an agreement on how to overcome the multiple violations of academic freedoms of professors.

Overcrowding: The Clay County School Board is set to redraw attendance limits for three high schools as it prepares to consider adding another school, WJXT reports. • Changes to elementary school zones in the Palm Beach County School District are progressing despite some community opposition, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Go and come

Pinellas County School Board member Nicole Carr will not be running. She said she would prefer some other kind of public service.

Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is heading for the job at top Los Angeles schools. He has been running the Miami neighborhood since 2008, the Miami Herald reports. More Los Angeles Times, The 74.

More school news

A Leon County elementary school has opened a new family resource center. It will provide community services aimed at improving the lives of parents and families, Tallahassee Democrat reports.

A TV personality has pledged $ 1 million to show support for hard-working Americans during the holidays. He began by handing out checks for $ 18,000 to all employees at the Miami high school he graduated from, WPLG reports.

More and more information continues to emerge about the Palm Beach County School District’s relationship with a principal who has denied the Holocaust. An internal investigation found that a lack of formal procedures and training resulted in the situation being a multi-year controversy, the Palm Beach Post reports.

School districts continue to recognize their best teachers. Those who announce their annual Teacher of the Year awards include Sarasota (WWSB) and Leon (Tallahassee Democrat).

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From the police blotter … A dozen students from a Seminole County high school have been arrested after a scuffle on campus, WKMG reports. • A Broward County middle school student was arrested with guns in his backpack, WPLG reports. • A student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was arrested on allegations of a plot to shoot on campus, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

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