By Nyam Daniel
Florida teachers will get a raise under the budget signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis this week.
The budget includes $800 million to boost teacher pay. The average starting salary for a Florida teacher in 2020 was $40,000. With the funding approved on Monday, it will be at least $47,000.
The allocation is a $250 million increase over last year’s funding and brings Florida’s investments in teacher pay to more than $2 billion since the 2020 Legislative Session.
“Over the last three years, we have worked hard to increase teacher pay,” DeSantis said. “We have invested more than $2 billion in teacher pay, and with rising inflation, this could not come at a better time. This will help Florida to recruit and retain great teachers.”