Florida Chamber Staff Analysis: Proposal 90 – Raising Florida Teacher Pay Toward the National Average
By: Florida Chamber of Commerce
Proposal 90 (Teacher Pay Increase) was introduced by Commissioner Patricia Levesque for consideration by the full Constitution Revision Commission. This proposal increases teacher pay by modernizing and improving the way that Florida calculates compliance with the class size mandate. Currently, Florida’s teachers are often paid well below the national average. At the same time, although evidence suggests great teachers matter more than any other criteria, the Florida Constitution creates a burden on school districts by dictating a maximum number of students for each class size per teacher regardless of subject area or expertise. This constitutional limit produces strain on the financial resources of each school district, many times without positively impacting outcomes for the students, and indirectly contributes to lower pay for good teachers.