National Education Association

What the stats reveal about teacher pay: Florida is cheap

BY: - October 29, 2019

In New York, California and Massachusetts, public school teachers earn more than $80,000 a year, on average. Connecticut and Washington, D.C. teachers make in the mid-70s, and several  more states have average salaries in the 60s and high 50s, national data show. The average across the country is $60,477. Then comes Florida. With a trillion-dollar […]

FL Gov. DeSantis wants to boost minimum teacher pay to $47.5K a year

BY: - October 7, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to boost starting teacher pay in Florida to among the highest in the nation. In a series of press conferences around the state on Monday, the first-term Republican governor outlined a $603 million plan to set the minimum salary for all teacher at $47,500 a year, beginning in the 2020-21 academic […]

picture of doors and ceiling

Something is awry in the education world

BY: - October 3, 2019

Something is awry in the education world – I call it a disconnect. Your child has followed the grade school and high school curricula, taken state exams designed to prepare kids for college, and earned a diploma. Then comes the disconnect: Your child is not prepared for college work. The data prove it when you […]

Teacher bonuses vs. salary increases: The debate continues over teacher pay

BY: - July 19, 2019

At Florida’s State Board of Education meeting this week, board member Michael Olenick talked about the realities of teacher pay in Florida. You can’t use a teacher “bonus” to get a mortgage or an auto loan, he said. You need overall salary increases that boost annual teacher pay. “I’m using the word ‘raise,’ Olenick said. […]

Teacher in her classroom

Gillum’s idea became DeSantis’s idea: Give more pay to starting teachers

BY: - June 25, 2019

On the 2018 campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was pushing a $1-billion plan to invest in public schools, including paying new teachers a $50,000 starting salary — a big boost for educators. His Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, was focusing on school vouchers, career technical education and making sure 80 percent of K-12 education […]


Is a national voucher program coming soon? U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveils “Education Freedom Scholarships”

BY: - March 1, 2019

In a plan similar to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program — which critics call vouchers — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is pushing a $5-billion federal tax credit program for states across the country. The proposed “Education Freedom Scholarships” could be used to enroll students in private schools or other education programs and […]

New study on best & worst states for teachers: Guess where Florida falls? (It isn’t good)

BY: - September 24, 2018

An analysis released Monday ranks the Sunshine State 47 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. based on school-related data, according to the personal finance web site WalletHub. Florida’s overall score stems from myriad factors, including annual salaries, teacher turnover, pupil-teacher ratios and per-pupil spending, according to the study. “Teaching can be a profoundly […]