Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing an increase in the starting salary for Florida teachers as part of his 2020 budget recommendations, which would raise teachers' minimum salary from $37,636 to $47,500. The pay increase—which DeSantis says will help alleviate a teacher shortage in the state—would affect more than 100,000 teachers and require an investment of more than $600 million. According to the National Education Association, Florida currently ranks 26th in the nation for starting teacher pay; if DeSantis' proposal goes into effect, that ranking would jump to No. 2.

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