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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2004

    By Senator Wilson





    33-46-04

  1                      A bill to be entitled

  2         An act relating to teacher salaries; creating

  3         the Teacher Salary Incentive Program to provide

  4         funding for improved salaries for instructional

  5         personnel; providing eligibility for salary

  6         increases; authorizing school districts to

  7         establish additional criteria; requiring the

  8         Department of Education to provide technical

  9         assistance to school districts; authorizing the

10         department to adopt rules to administer the

11         program; providing an appropriation; providing

12         an effective date.

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14         WHEREAS, the Legislature recognizes that caring and

15  qualified public school teachers play a critical role in

16  preparing children and young adults for success in higher

17  education and in the workplace, and

18         WHEREAS, the Legislature further recognizes that

19  Florida's average teacher salary is significantly below the

20  national average, and that the State of Florida will need an

21  estimated 162,296 teachers over the next 10 years to address

22  the high turnover of new and retiring teachers, plus

23  additional teachers in order to comply with the amendment to

24  Section 1 of Article IX of the State Constitution, and

25         WHEREAS, it is therefore the intent of the Legislature

26  to provide funding for competitive salaries to help school

27  districts retain and recruit caring and qualified teachers in

28  the public schools, NOW, THEREFORE,

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30  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2004
    33-46-04




 1         Section 1.  Teacher Salary Improvement Program.--

 2         (1)  The Teacher Salary Improvement Program is created

 3  to provide funding for improved salaries for instructional

 4  personnel, as defined in section 1012.01, Florida Statutes, in

 5  the K-12 public school system. For purposes of this section,

 6  the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be

 7  considered a school district.

 8         (2)  The Department of Education shall distribute to

 9  each school district an amount as prescribed annually by the

10  Legislature for the Teacher Salary Improvement Program. Unless

11  otherwise provided in the General Appropriations Act, each

12  school district shall increase the salary of each member of

13  instructional personnel eligible under this section.

14         (a)  Each member of instructional personnel who

15  received a satisfactory performance review under section

16  1012.34, Florida Statutes, during the previous school year and

17  who holds a valid professional certificate shall be eligible

18  to receive a salary increase under this section.

19         (b)  A school district may establish additional

20  criteria in order to award funds allocated to the district for

21  purposes of this section.

22         (3)  The Department of Education shall provide

23  technical assistance to any school district that requests

24  guidance regarding the implementation of this section.

25         (4)  The Department of Education may adopt rules

26  pursuant to sections 120.536(1) and 120.54, Florida Statutes,

27  to administer this section.

28         Section 2.  The sum of $192,150,200 is appropriated

29  from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Education

30  for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act

31  during the 2004-2005 fiscal year.

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2004
    33-46-04




 1         Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2004.

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 5    Establishes the Teacher Salary Incentive Program to fund
      an increase in salaries for instructional personnel in
 6    the K-12 public school system. Requires that the
      Department of Education provide technical assistance to
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      rules to administer the program. Provides an
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