Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor DeSantis Commits Record $1.25 Billion In Increases To Teacher Pay

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to approving a historic $1.25 billion increase in teacher salary funding in the Fiscal Year 2024–25 budget.

Since 2019, Florida has invested over $4 billion in teacher pay increases, raising starting teacher pay by nearly $10,000.

“Florida’s education system is number one in the nation, and we want to make sure good educators are attracted to Florida with attractive compensation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I am proud to have invested more than $4 billion for teacher pay increases since the beginning of my time in office, and I will continue to push for increased funding for Florida’s teachers.”

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“I want to thank Governor DeSantis for his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to Florida’s education system throughout the years,” said Florida Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. “Florida continues to attract some of the best educators in the country and it is a testament to the work that Governor DeSantis has done to support education and raise teacher pay. Florida is the education state and with investments like this, we will continue to lead the nation for years to come.”

For the 2023–2024 school year, Florida’s average starting teacher pay is over $48,000, and the average teacher salary exceeds $54,000.

Before Governor DeSantis took office, there was no dedicated, recurring funding for teacher pay increases.

In 2020, the Teacher Salary Increase Allocation was established in the budget and has risen from $500,000,000 to more than $1.25 billion, which was approved today for the upcoming year.

Florida has the highest average starting teacher salary in the Southeast United States.

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