Deal reached for teachers in Broward
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Things are adding up for Broward County teachers after a tentative agreement was reached for higher pay.
The new deal still needs the formal approval of the Broward Teachers Union, but on Friday, both sides celebrated a new round of pay raises. "We want to just say what a happy day this is for Broward Public Schools," said a Teachers' Union official.
The deal took six months to negotiate and covers several issues including teacher pay, healthcare and a performance pay plan for new hires. "We believe this agreement is a win for our teachers, our students and our community," said Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie.
The three-year, $62 million agreement was announced along with a new salary schedule.
The average teacher will see a $2,000 pay raise this year; $1,300 next year and a third year increase of $800.
High school teachers will also earn more money for teaching additional classes.
The district will also cover 100 percent of healthcare premiums for its employees, and has promised to look into ways to cut costs for dependents, starting school next year.
The president of the Teachers Union called the deal an important step forward. "We stand together, and we work together for the best education in Florida," said Broward Teachers Union President Sharon Glickman.
The union and district have also adopted a new performance pay plan. That plan will only impact teachers hired after July 1, 2014 and is paid for with federal grant money.
The district is using state money to pay for this year's pay raise. All future raises are dependent on the amount of state money approved by lawmakers in Tallahassee.
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