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Florida teachers’ minimum salary to rise

The salary increase proposed by Governor Ron DeSantis applies only to public school teachers, but may have a ripple effect on private school salaries.

By LuAnne Schendel October 2019

From the Governor’s press release:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis 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.

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.

Private schools have benefited from several of the abovementioned initiatives, among them:

  • The Family Empowerment Scholarship Program, which expands education opportunities for children of families with limited financial resources
  • Funding for students on the waiting list for the Gardiner Scholarship and to clear the waitlist for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship
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