Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) held a joint news conference to announce a tentative agreement regarding teacher salary increases. The agreement was reached after four months of bargaining between the parties.
The tentative agreement, which must be ratified by employees covered by the Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Agreement and subsequently approved by the School Board, reflects an investment by BCPS of approximately $20 million in the 2014/15 school year for teacher salary increases.
"We value our teachers and their dedication to providing our students with a world-class education," said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. "We are excited to have reached this agreement and look forward to providing our teachers with their well-deserved salary increases."
"We want to thank all the education professionals of Broward County Public Schools for their patience and unquestioned commitment to teaching throughout negotiations. As advocates for all educators, BTU is pleased that teachers are close to receiving their long-awaited raises," BTU President Sharon Glickman said. "I want to commend both parties for their continued willingness to work towards a deal."
Key details of the tentative agreement are listed below:
- Teachers on the Grandfathered Salary, will receive an average salary increase of $1,300 for the 2014/15 school year.
- Teachers on Pay for Performance, who were rated Highly Effective overall, will receive a 4.26% salary increase in the 2014/15 school year.
- Teachers on Pay for Performance, who were rated Effective overall, will receive a 2.13% salary increase in the 2014/15 school year.
- The starting salary for Teachers on Pay for Performance, who were hired after July 1, 2014, will increase to $40,000 in the 2014/15 school year.
- To provide equity for teachers on Pay for Performance, who were hired prior to July 1, 2014, the District will align their salaries with those on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule and ensure the minimum salary is $40,000.
- The Step Placement Chart for teachers has been revised to ensure teachers returning from a Board Approved Leave during the 2014-15 school year are placed appropriately on the salary schedule, and their salary upon return is not less than their salary prior to taking Leave.
- Requirements for teachers to receive a salary supplement for Advanced Degree Incentives have been revised to clarify which teachers are eligible.
- Personal Property and Automobile Vandalism insurance reimbursement amounts have been increased.
- BCPS and BTU will explore the feasibility of offering an Early Retirement Plan for the 2015/16 school year.
Upon successful ratification and School Board approval, the District will work to provide the agreed upon salary increases as soon as possible. All salary increases will be retroactive to July 1, 2014.
To watch a BECON-TV video about the News Conference, click here.
To watch the entire News Conference, which lasts approximately 20 minutes, visit: https://becon223.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx?q=CT1wecDsedCHrZ29%2blmE3w%3d%3d
To review the complete Tentative Agreement, visit the District’s Employee and Labor Relations Department, at http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/employeerelations/.
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.
ABOUT BROWARD TEACHERS UNION
Founded in 1969, the Broward Teachers Union organizes and represents about 11,000 members who work for the School Board of Broward County and city of Pembroke Pines as education, technical support, charter school, and education support professionals. It is the second largest local teachers union in Florida and the sixth largest in the nation. The union’s affiliates include the Florida Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO. For more information about BTU, visit (www.BTUonline.com).