teacher pay

Jackson County School District Recruiter Shirl Williams works to find new teachers for her district.
Lynn Hatter / WFSU News

Education is once again in the spotlight and so are Florida’s teachers. Local superintendents say they’re struggling to recruit even elementary school educators—a space where finding help has historically been pretty easy. Now the Florida Senate is taking a look, and after years of ratcheting up pressure on teachers, lawmakers could cut them some slack.

A teacher reads to her student. (UNDATED PHOTO).
U.S. Department of Education Via Flikr / WFSU News

A controversial teacher bonus program could be up for changes this year. Teachers have complained the Best and Brightest program is unfair—it awards bonuses partly based on standardized test scores—disadvantaging older and minority educators.

A Florida appeals court is weighing whether the public should have access to data used in evaluating schoolteachers. The data in question are part of the state’s controversial new teacher assessments, and the Florida Times-Union newspaper wants the public to be able to evaluate the state’s methods.

Franklin County Teachers Asked To Take Pay Cut

Jan 25, 2013

Incorrect enrollment projections, decreased revenue, and tax collection errors officials say that’s what saddled the Franklin County School district’s with half a million dollars of debt.  And now the school board is now asking teachers to take pay cuts to make up some of the money.

The Florida Channel

Full-time Florida public school teachers could see their incomes rise later this year if Governor Rick Scott gets his way. The Governor is proposing a $2500 pay raise, but it has to make it through the legislature first.

“There was some buzz about it, some teachers talking about it discussing it, of course it was positive feedback," said Farrah Donaldson, an English and History teacher at Wakulla High School.