MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Teachers across Miami-Dade could soon see a little more in their paychecks.
On Monday they will vote on a three-year contract.
If approved they would receive about $30 million in raises in the first year, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald. Nearly 75 percent of the money will go to about 8,500 of the county’s most experienced, highest paid teachers who would see increases between $1,250 to nearly $11,000.
The county’s lowest paid teachers and new teachers would see their salaries increased to $40,000. The rest would see increases of about $300 a year.
On average, the raises would amount to about a three percent increase.
The district’s chief of staff, Daniel Tosado, told teachers in an email on Friday they wouldn’t move to a higher bracket for health care contributions based on any salary increase in the tentative contract, according to the paper. That was a concern for many teachers who feared they would have to pay significantly more for their family’s health insurance due to a $300 raise.
Several teachers have written on social media sites that they won’t support the contract proposal because they didn’t see benefits in it.
While the school district has not been forced to lay off teachers and then re-hire them like Broward’s school district, Miami-Dade teachers have had to endure frozen salaries and increased health-care costs.
In addition to the new contract, if approved, teachers will have to contend with new changes to how they are evaluated which will be tied to pay and tenure. Statewide, teachers unions are challenging the new law. Miami-Dade has started to dole out merit pay bonuses: $14 million last year and another $14 million this year in federal money.