Pending a United Teachers of Dade (UTD) ratification vote on October 30, 2013, most public school teachers in Miami-Dade will receive a raise at minimum of $1,100 with the possibility of up to $2,500, as per an agreement between the school district and UTD.
The ability to achieve up to $2,500 was made possible when UTD negotiators agreed to accept a proposal to set aside $50 million in state dollars, and include $20 million in performance based bonuses.
Miami-Dade School Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, said “I think this contract honors everybody. We not only met, but exceeded, a promise that was made by Tallahassee but was not fully funded.”
The agreement also lowers the highest raises given to most veteran teachers and under new state law, dictates what the districts’ highest performing teachers receive as an annual raise starting next year. Teachers whose raises were reduced are receiving a one-time payment as compensation.
Some other aspects of the agreement include: (1) raises of approximately $1,300 for the majority of teachers, with teachers having more seniority receiving up to $6,000 in raises, (2) performance based bonuses between $1,000 and $4,000 that will be spread out to more teachers in compared to last year, (3) increases in starting salaries for new first-year teachers from $40,000 to $40,500, (4) raises of 2.3 percent plus a one-time payment of $331 for members of UTD who are paraprofessionals, security monitors and secretaries, (5) healthcare that remains free for district employees and (6) dependent coverage that remains subsidized.
UTD President, Fedrick Ingram said, “This is an important step in the right direction. Miami’s teachers and support staff sacrifice so much. They have lost ground during the great recession. This agreement marks the beginning of turning this around. We creatively used a combination of local, state, and federal dollars to fund this agreement. It wasn’t easy, but it had to happen. It’s time to pay those folks who do the hard work.”
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