Gov. Ron DeSantis—a Republican said on Monday morning, Oct. 7, in Clay Country, Florida, that he would recommend a higher minimum starting salary for all teachers in the state in the next legislative session.
Accordingly, over 101,000 Florida teachers would have a pay raise with the minimum starting salary of $47,500.
If approved, Florida would rank second in the country for the highest starting salary for teachers, exceeding its present rank at 26.
The governor said the reform was a move to attract more people into the teaching profession and retain them for their full careers.
“We are experiencing a teacher shortage in Florida,” DeSantis said. “With a strong economy and plenty of jobs available in other fields, unfortunately too many college graduates are unwilling to enter the teaching profession.
“My proposal to increase the minimum salary for teachers to $47,500,” he added, “will help alleviate this shortage and elevate the teaching profession to the level of appreciation it deserves.”