Florida Senate - 2015 SB 280 By Senator Soto 14-00251-15 2015280__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to teacher salaries; creating s. 3 1012.052, F.S.; providing a short title; requiring the 4 Legislature to fund the Florida Education Finance 5 Program at a level that ensures a guaranteed minimum 6 annual starting salary for instructional personnel; 7 specifying a statewide minimum salary for all 8 instructional personnel for the 2015-2016 fiscal year; 9 requiring the Department of Education to annually 10 adjust the minimum starting salary; providing a 11 formula for calculating such adjustment; requiring 12 district school boards to adjust the minimum starting 13 salary determined by the department by applying the 14 district cost differential; providing that such 15 adjustment may not reduce starting salaries below the 16 statewide minimum; providing an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 1012.052, Florida Statutes, is created 21 to read: 22 1012.052 Instructional personnel salary.— 23 (1) This section may be cited as the “Florida Teacher Fair 24 Pay Act.” 25 (2) In order to attract and retain instructional personnel, 26 the Legislature shall fund the Florida Education Finance Program 27 in a manner that ensures that collectively bargained salary 28 schedules for instructional personnel are funded at a level that 29 guarantees a minimum annual starting salary, while maintaining 30 adequate funding for all other education program areas and 31 personnel. 32 (a) For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the statewide minimum 33 salary for all instructional personnel is $50,000. By November 1 34 of each fiscal year thereafter, the Department of Education 35 shall calculate an adjusted minimum starting salary for the 36 upcoming fiscal year by increasing the minimum then in force by 37 the rate of inflation for the 12 months before September 1. In 38 making this calculation, the department shall use the Consumer 39 Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, not 40 seasonally adjusted, for the South Region or a successor index 41 as calculated by the United States Department of Labor. 42 (b) Each district school board shall adjust the statewide 43 minimum starting salary calculated by the department by applying 44 the district cost differential as provided in s. 1011.62(2). 45 However, application of the district cost differential may not 46 decrease the minimum starting salary in that district below the 47 statewide minimum. 48 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.