MIAMI ( – Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and United Teachers of Dade president Karen Aronowitz announced an agreement on the 2011-2012 school year that will prevent any teachers, and many clerical and school support workers from being laid off.

The new budget, which must be approved by teachers, comes at a time when Broward County Public Schools are set to lay-off more than 1,000 teachers.

“In the midst of our national economic crisis, as school districts across the country are laying off teachers, Miami-Dade County will be the first school district in the state to reward teachers for their performance,” Carvalho said.

The announcement revealed that the two sides will use Race to the Top funds to also try and work out teacher raises if at all possible. All total, Miami-Dade will use up to $14 million in the coming year to pay for the planned increases.

Carvalho said teachers in Miami-Dade County will now have the capacity to earn up as much as $100,000 or more.

“It is time for exemplary teachers to be paid at the highest levels,” Carvalho said. “It’s the fair thing to do.”

In addition, Carvalho promised that even though the district faces a $108 million budget hole for the next budget year, the district will not make cuts to art, music, world languages, or physical education.

The teachers union will begin voting on the new plan on June 3 and ending on June 7.

Carvalho also addressed the rumors of Broward County Schools being interested in bringing him to its school system.

“I’m dedicated to this community; I love this community,” Carvalho said.

So, Broward has to look for a new commissioner, but Broward Teacher’s Union President Pat Santeramo said there are other “Carvalho’s” out there.

“We’re looking to keep our options open, find the best who will bring economic sense and leadership to the district,” Santeramo said.

Comments (7)
  1. Me says:

    Bravo to Carvalho. Someone in Miami Dade actually did something right and ethical and not think only of their own well being like all the politicians down here. Art, music, physical ed, etc. are needed to make kids well rounded and not turn out to be thugs.

  2. Phil Gaines Forklift says:

    Why did Broward lose 1,400 teachers and Dade not? Teaching like other professions is a public service and its a shame that most of the professions are run by quasi political career opportunists who have long forgotten about their civic duty.

  3. whiplash says:

    The Classroom Teachers Association is a pathetic joke They refuse to get rid of bad teachers because they are union brothers and sisters. They only care about saving their own behinds and could care less about weeding out bad teachers for the betterment of educating students.

  4. UckTheFunions says:

    Yeah they kept all the teachers including the rotten ones. How’s that for improvement?

    The problem with teaching today is that the unions treat all of them equal and they are not.

    First get rid of the unions and then give the money to the teachers that deserve the raises and fire the ones that suck. But the unions believe a good teacher is the same as a bad teacher.

    Where are there they going to get 108 million they are in the hole now for?

    Bring on more charter schools and eliminate the unions.

  5. Dr. Joe Underwood says:

    Thumz zup

  6. harvey bernstein says:

    why can’t we put off some of these expensive road projects that do nothing but create traffic nightmares,leave the teachers be!!!!!!

  7. flamengo1265 says:

    How about we reward the top 20% and fire the bottom 20%? Typical Union BS, pay extra to some but keep the deadwood no matter what.

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