Deal reached for Miami-Dade teachers raise
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Thousands of Miami-Dade County schoolteachers and professionals will be receiving one of the biggest pay raises in years.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools and United Teachers of Dade have reached a tentative agreement Monday on contract negotiations for over 21,000 teachers and 4,600 support and clerical personnel. "It's a real step forward for our teachers in Miami-Dade County," said United Teachers of Dade's Federick Ingram. "Something that we can be proud of."
The tentative salary model will facilitate a seamless transition from the existing salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year. "I think it's important not to let the hardest-working teachers in America down," said Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
With a combined investment of $50 million in state money and a one-time grant from the federal government's Race to the Top program, teachers union and district negotiators were able to develop a deal that includes:
- An average base salary increase of 4.26 percent, which comes from the state.
- Performance based bonuses of 6.51 percent, which comes from federal money.
- A 2.3 percent raise for known instructional personnel.
Teacher Whitson Carter has taught math for 25 years at Henry H. Filer Middle School in Hialeah. He said, "As I mentioned to many of my students, I can give you $1 million ... and I can take the $1 million away from you. If I give you education, I can't take that away from you."
The union, along with the school board, will approve the deal in the next few weeks.
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