DeSantis Gives Big Raise to Florida Teachers

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[Photo Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America - Ron DeSantis, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=121859446]

The 2024-25 school year will reportedly see an increase in salaries for Florida instructors; however, the money was not without its consequences.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared the approval of $1.25 billion in the state budget for teacher compensation during a press conference in Hialeah on Monday.

DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. conducted the majority of their press conference at City of Hialeah Education Academy, a charter school.

They promoted several critical policies from his education agenda, including legislation that has exacerbated the challenges of bargaining with unions..

“All I can say is that old union in Miami-Dade fought tooth and nail to keep kids locked out of school. They did not want kids in person during COVID, and they’ve worked really hard to push a political agenda, which is not what we need in our schools. And we’re about education, not indoctrination, so that is going to be unfolding in the next couple of months.” DeSantis said.

“Florida’s education system is no. 1 in the nation, and we want to make sure good educators are attracted to Florida with attractive compensation,” he continued.

The DeSantis administration emphasized the state’s allocation of over $4 billion to compensation since 2019, in a press release regarding the $1.25 billion increase in teacher pay.

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