Some teachers still waiting for raises

Teachers in 23 Florida school districts have not seen pay increases promised by the Legislature when it approved spending $500 million last year to raise educator salaries.

The state has approved salary-distribution plans for 44 districts, clearing the way for teachers to get pay increases. But that leaves about a third of the state’s 67 districts unable to distribute their shares of the money.

Jacob Oliva, chancellor of the Division of Public Schools at the Florida Department of Education, told the State Board of Education on Wednesday about 50% of teachers in the state have received pay increases.

“This investment is the single largest compensation increase ever in Florida and a statement to the nation that Florida is elevating the teaching profession,” Oliva said during a board meeting in Daytona Beach.

The Department of Education is still reviewing 12 districts’ plans, while funding for pay increases in 11 districts is tied up in local negotiations. Six of those 11 districts are at impasses with local teachers unions.

Of the $500 million approved last year by lawmakers, $400 million was earmarked for increasing minimum salaries for teachers to $47,500 or the maximum amounts possible under the

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