fbpx

Budget proposals give educators hope for relief that will help slow the growing staff shortages

TALLAHASSEE – As the Legislature takes its first steps towards crafting the State’s 2022-2023 budget, the Florida Education Association is hopeful that there may be some help to curb the exodus of experienced teachers and education staff professionals from Florida’s schools.

“The first budget proposals look promising, with funding increases our members have been advocating for; this may help ease the strain on our schools due to staff shortages and positions that have remained unfilled by professionally trained educators,” said Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andrew Spar. “I am especially heartened that legislators are working to keep Senate President Simpson’s promise to raise support staff salaries to at least $15/hour for next school year.”

The increase in funding and flexibility will be welcome news for educators after several years of the Legislature’s sole focus on raising minimum teacher salaries. The restrictions imposed by the Legislature in the past few years has penalized veteran teachers, non-instructional personnel and support staff. “These long-serving, highly skilled educators are crucial to ensuring our students can reach their full potential,” said Spar.

Pre-pandemic, Florida’s public schools had already suffered decades of underfunding. We rank 43rd nationally in funding for public education. Too many of our students have been left behind by underfunded and under-resourced classrooms. 

###

Contact: Sharon Nesvig, sharon.nesvig@floridaea.org, (850) 510-9346


The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with 150,000 members. FEA represents PreK-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational staff professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.

In the spirit of Dr. King

The St. Johns Education Association honors the civil rights leader each year by lifting up students and strengthening relationships in its community. More than 50 artworks were submitted for the…

Read more about In the spirit of Dr. King

Celebrating American Education Week 2022

Strong public schools are the birthright of every American. No matter where we live or what we look like, our children deserve a high quality education in their neighborhood public…

Read more about Celebrating American Education Week 2022

Cover story: Driving to success

Becoming a school bus driver set Cor’Darius Jones, now the “Mr. Bus Driver” of social media fame, on a remarkably rewarding path.

Read more about Cover story: Driving to success

While the governor seeks to divide, we seek to unite

Gov. DeSantis continues to show that anyone who is not in lockstep with him will face his ire. Whether the target is Disney, an elected state attorney, school board members,…

Read more about While the governor seeks to divide, we seek to unite

FEA announces ESP of the Year

The Florida Education Association is pleased to recognize Nelly Henjes, president of the Pinellas Education Support Professional Association, as the 2023 FEA ESP of the Year.Henjes brings years of experience…

Read more about FEA announces ESP of the Year

Ad campaign celebrates education staff professionals

TALLAHASSEE — In conjunction with the day set aside during American Education Week to honor education staff professionals, the Florida Education Association (FEA) today announces the launch of a new…

Read more about Ad campaign celebrates education staff professionals