Florida Senate - 2017 SB 238 By Senator Rader 29-00429-17 2017238__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to instructional personnel salaries; 3 creating s. 1012.052, F.S.; providing a short title; 4 requiring the Legislature to fund the Florida 5 Education Finance Program at a level that ensures a 6 guaranteed minimum annual starting salary for 7 instructional personnel; specifying a statewide 8 minimum salary for all instructional personnel for the 9 2017-2018 fiscal year; requiring the Department of 10 Education to annually adjust the statewide minimum 11 annual starting salary; providing requirements for 12 calculating such adjustment; requiring district school 13 boards to adjust the minimum annual starting salary 14 determined by the department by applying the district 15 cost differentials; providing that such adjustment may 16 not reduce districts’ minimum annual starting salaries 17 below the statewide minimum annual starting salary; 18 providing an effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Section 1012.052, Florida Statutes, is created 23 to read: 24 1012.052 Instructional personnel salary.— 25 (1) This section may be cited as the “Florida Teacher Fair 26 Pay Act.” 27 (2) In order to attract and retain instructional personnel, 28 the Legislature shall fund the Florida Education Finance Program 29 at a level that ensures the collectively bargained salary 30 schedules for instructional personnel are sufficient to 31 guarantee a minimum annual starting salary while maintaining 32 adequate funding for all other education program areas and 33 personnel. 34 (a) For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the statewide minimum 35 salary for all instructional personnel is $50,000. By November 1 36 of each fiscal year thereafter, the Department of Education 37 shall calculate an adjusted statewide minimum annual starting 38 salary for the upcoming fiscal year by increasing the minimum 39 annual starting salary then in force by the rate of inflation 40 for the 12-month period ending September 1. In making this 41 adjusted statewide minimum annual starting salary calculation, 42 the department shall use the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 43 Earners and Clerical Workers, not seasonally adjusted, for the 44 South Region or a successor index as calculated by the United 45 States Department of Labor. 46 (b) Each district school board shall adjust the statewide 47 minimum annual starting salary, as calculated by the department, 48 by applying the district cost differential as provided in s. 49 1011.62(2). However, application of the district cost 50 differential may not decrease the minimum annual starting salary 51 in that district below the statewide minimum annual starting 52 salary. 53 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.