Florida Senate - 2019 SB 152 By Senator Rader 29-00187-19 2019152__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to instructional personnel salaries; 3 creating s. 1012.052, F.S.; providing a short title; 4 requiring the Legislature to fund the Florida 5 Education Finance Program at a level that ensures that 6 certain schedules guarantee a minimum annual starting 7 salary for instructional personnel; specifying a 8 statewide minimum salary for all instructional 9 personnel for the 2019-2020 fiscal year; requiring the 10 Department of Education to annually calculate an 11 adjusted statewide minimum annual starting salary; 12 providing requirements for calculating the adjustment; 13 requiring district school boards to adjust the 14 statewide minimum annual starting salary, as 15 determined by the department, by applying district 16 cost differentials; specifying that the adjustment may 17 not reduce a district’s minimum annual starting salary 18 below the statewide minimum annual starting salary; 19 providing an effective date. 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. Section 1012.052, Florida Statutes, is created 24 to read: 25 1012.052 Instructional personnel salaries.— 26 (1) This section may be cited as the “Florida Teacher Fair 27 Pay Act.” 28 (2) In order to attract and retain instructional personnel, 29 the Legislature shall fund the Florida Education Finance Program 30 at a level that ensures that the collectively bargained salary 31 schedules for instructional personnel are sufficient to 32 guarantee a minimum annual starting salary while maintaining 33 adequate funding for all other education program areas and 34 personnel. 35 (a) For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the statewide minimum 36 salary for all instructional personnel is $50,000. By November 1 37 of each fiscal year thereafter, the Department of Education 38 shall calculate an adjusted statewide minimum annual starting 39 salary for the upcoming fiscal year by increasing the minimum 40 annual starting salary then in force by the rate of inflation 41 for the 12-month period ending on September 1. In making this 42 adjusted statewide minimum annual starting salary calculation, 43 the department shall use the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 44 Earners and Clerical Workers, not seasonally adjusted, for the 45 South Region or a successor index as calculated by the United 46 States Department of Labor. 47 (b) Each district school board shall adjust the statewide 48 minimum annual starting salary, as calculated by the department, 49 by applying the district cost differential as provided in s. 50 1011.62(2). However, application of the district cost 51 differential may not decrease the minimum annual starting salary 52 in any district below the statewide minimum annual starting 53 salary. 54 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.