Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his proposal to increase the minimum salary for teachers across the state.
The Governor’s proposed 2020 budget recommendation will include a pay raise for more than 101,000 teachers in Florida by raising the minimum salary to $47,500.
According to the National Education Association, Florida ranks 26th in the nation for starting teacher pay at $37,636. With this investment of over $600 million, raising the minimum salary to $47,500 will rank Florida 2nd in the nation for starting teacher pay.
“We are experiencing a teacher shortage in Florida. 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 will help alleviate this shortage and elevate the teaching profession to the level of appreciation it deserves. This is long overdue, and I look forward to working with the legislature to make this a reality.”
Another day, another person is struck by a vehicle while trying to cross 98 in Destin. This time, it’s while crossing from McGuire’s to HarborWalk Village.
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office dispatch, the incident occurred about 8:50 p.m. Saturday. Michele Nicholson, OCSO spokeswoman, told The Destin Log that the woman wasn’t walking in a cross walk and was headed to HarborWalk Village from McGuire’s.
“She had significant injuries, but the initial word was that she was going to survive,” said Nicholson.
On Tuesday, October 8th, Superintendent of Okaloosa County Schools Marcus Chambers will officially announce his candidacy for the Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent’s race in Niceville, Florida, with Congressman Matt Gaetz.
Superintendent Chambers was originally appointed to the position of Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools in January 2019 by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He will be seeking election to the Superintendent position he was appointed to in 2019. Currently, he will campaigning against Ray Sansom for the position.