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HB 643 – Instructional Personnel

Updated Information 

House Bill 643, sponsored by Patricia Williams, would change the current statutory definition of instructional personnel and classroom teachers to include prekindergarten teachers.

This would mean that certified prekindergarten teachers would no longer be excluded from programs or funds set aside for “classroom teachers.”

This is important for many reasons, not the least of which is most of the salary proposals being discussed currently are for “classroom teachers” which currently excludes prekindergarten teachers.

What’s Next

The bill has been referred to three House Committees, PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee, and State Affairs Committee.

Companion Bill

Currently there is no companion bill in the Senate.

Vote History

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Our Position

We support this bill.

Talking Points

  • Early education is unquestionably important, and those who do the work of teaching Florida’s youngest students deserve to be treated as professionals along with their K-12 colleagues.
  • Certified prekindergarten teachers meet all of the same training and certification requirements as K-12 teachers, there is no reason to define them differently in state law.
  • As long as the state is dictating compensation through bonus schemes and the proposed minimum salary, they should not exclude certified prekindergarten teachers from receiving those funds.

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