M-DCPS TEACHERS TO RECEIVE SALARY INCREASES
Thurs., Nov. 4, 2004
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami-Dade County Public Schools reached a tentative
agreement today with the United Teachers of Dade to raise
salaries for all teachers and to provide additional pay for
teachers in the district's lowest performing schools.
The agreement, which must be approved by the School Board at
its Nov. 17 meeting and be ratified by the union's members,
provides for teachers to move up one step on the district's
22-step salary schedule. Paraprofessionals and other
employees represented by the union also will get a step
increase on their salary schedules.
The pay increases for teachers and other employees with
10-month work schedules will be retroactive to the start of
the school year. Full-year employees will be paid back to
July 1, the start of the district's fiscal year.
The agreement also covers the instructional program for the
School Improvement Zone, 39 chronically low performing
schools taken over by Superintendent Rudolph F. "Rudy" Crew.
Teachers in the school will work an additional hour each
day and 10 more days each school year, and will be required
to complete 56 hours of professional development within
As a result, teachers in the Zone schools will be paid 20
percent more than teachers outside of those schools.
"Education is fundamentally a person-to-person enterprise,
and we need to have the highest quality teachers working
with our students if they are to learn what we know they
must," Dr. Crew said. "Treating our teachers and other
employees fairly and paying them better directly advances
two of our strategic priorities &endash; eliminating
low-performing schools in this county and raising
achievement for every student in every school."
As part of budget deliberations in September, Dr. Crew
identified and the School Board approved $44 million to be
set aside as a collective bargaining reserve. The
Superintendent has pledged to include such a reserve
earmarked for compensation in each year's budget
In addition to the salary increases, the agreement calls for
employees to be spared from any health insurance increases
in 2005 and lowers the deductibles in some health
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