MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Miami-Dade County Public School District signed an agreement Wednesday with the United Teachers of Dade, which is the first in an expected series of agreements with the union.
"Miami-Dade County Public Schools is privileged to have among our professional ranks a highly qualified, skilled, and caring instructional staff," Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho said in a statement. "Ensuring they have a contract that honors their dedication and talent is paramount. Despite difficult economic conditions, we have reached an agreement, through compassionate and practical negotiations, that provides teachers and instructional personnel with a compensation package that demonstrates the great respect we have and the high value we place on the work they do every single day."
The agreement includes salary increases, retention supplements for mid-to late-career teachers and a 2018 Employee Benefits Program, which continues a free option for employees inclusive of benefit enhancements, a news release stated.
School officials said most employees will receive a salary increase of 2 to 2.67 percent, which doesn't include state bonuses that range from up to $800 to $1,200 for "highly effective teachers."
The minimum teacher salary was also increased to $41,000 and the maximum salary for the most experienced teachers was increased to $72,720.
Mid-career to late-career teachers will also receive a district-funded supplement of $750 to $1,500.
"United Teachers of Dade is confident that we came to the best possible deal considering the circumstances," UTD president Karla Hernandez Mats said in a statement. "Nevertheless, we know it is not enough and it does not appropriately compensate the award-winning employees of this district. We hope that legislators will prioritize education, and we also hope that our board will find alternative ways to funds us when legislators do not do what's right for children and those who serve them."