Lawmaker, Florida teachers deserve national pay

Florida Education
Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-10 13:21:41-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Florida teachers pockets may be getting a little fatter by 2015.

Hoping to put that in the lawbooks..this upcoming legislative session.

Senator Joseph Abruzzo, (D) 25, Palm Beach, Florida proposed a constitutional amendment that would require teacher's salaries to meet national salary levels.

Abruzzo's amendment says the state will foot the bill for those higher salaries.

Currently Florida teacher's average salary is more than $40,000, not quite the average but close.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics from 2011-2012 is more than $56,000.

The Big Bend's top 3 highest paid counties are Suwannee county, Franklin county, and Jeffereson county.

A couple years ago lawmakers passed a bill which requires teachers to be paid based on performance, but there's no word yet just how this would effect teacher's pay "if" the amendment is passed.

Meanwhile, Florida Department of Education says it's up to school districts to negotiate salaries with local teaching unions.