Florida lawmakers want to raise starting teacher pay to $65,000

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday unveiled his 2023 budget proposal, which includes a record $26 billion for K-12 education.About $1 billion is expected to go directly to teacher pay, but critics said it’s not enough to move Florida out of the bottom three in the country for average teacher pay.Meanwhile, thousands of teaching jobs remain vacant across the state.The minimum base salary for Florida teachers right now is close to $48,000. Some of our local lawmakers want that to jump to $65,000 and believe it’s a necessary and realistic goal.SPECIAL COVERAGE: Education”Right now, teachers are not just teachers. They

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