Tallahassee – Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) stood alongside teachers rallying at the Capitol for better education policy and higher pay in the state of Florida.
“The legislature must work to improve standards for our teachers. I am pleased that my fellow Democrats have proposed a bill that would increase the annual salary for all instructional personnel and educational support employees,” said Stewart.
Senate Bill 1854 provides for an average 4.5 percent annual salary increase for teachers and personnel. It also includes a cost-of-living adjustment beginning with the 2020-2021 fiscal year and continuing through 2028-2029.
The cost of this legislation is expected to be approximately $900 million – the same amount the Governor is currently proposing for his increased starting teacher pay and bonus plan. The Governor’s current plan does not include additional staff personnel nor does it include salary increase for currently employed instructors.
“This bill makes it fair for everyone and stays within Governor DeSantis’ proposed budget,” said Stewart.