Starting salary increase for Duval Schools teachers would rise with vote

The starting teacher’s base salary in Jacksonville is set to increase to $48,700 a year under contract language that the Duval County School Board will consider at its meeting Monday night.

The $1,200 per year increase represents a 2.5% increase in base salary, but the effects of the new pay scales on individual teachers will vary based on factors such as their education, work experience and evaluations. From post.

Florida has 22 separate laws controlling how teachers’ salaries are set, and board-approved pay scales must be reviewed for compliance by the Florida Department of Education before increases can take effect, said Terrie Brady, president of Duval Teachers United.

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The county’s median teacher salary for last school year was $50,000.50, ranking 12th out of 67 counties, according to survey data compiled by the state.

Sue Hightower works with a small group of first graders at Pinedale Elementary School in this photo from May.

A change to the starting base salary affects most teachers in the county as the same rate applies to the first 14 years of work experience. Last year, teachers at Duval had an average of 9.6 years of experience, the Department of Education reported from a survey of 7,644 teachers.

Brady said the pay increase will be retroactive to the start of the current school year once the state approves the terms the school district negotiated with the teachers’ union.

The teachers’ union overwhelmingly approved the new pay scales last month.

The agreement, which only covers one year, also established pay scales for district positions, including educational support specialists, audiologists and psychologists.

The pay scale agreement does not affect funds raised through an extra mile that voters approved last month to top up teachers’ salaries as well as arts and athletics programs.

That extra mile was factored into a tax rate the council approved last week, but the money won’t be spent until it’s collected and can be applied to teachers’ salaries. next year. The additional mileage is expected to remain in place for the next four years and may be continued after that with another referendum.

William M. Mayer