Florida Bill Could Force Public Teacher Pay Raises to Go to Charter Schools, Union Warns

In 2018, Miami-Dade County residents passed a ballot initiative that gave a $232 million pay raise to public schoolteachers. … Last Thursday, North Florida State Sen. Travis Hutson filed S1028, a bill that would give the state control over how “local funding approved by voter referendum” is apportioned. The provision applies to Florida Statute 1022.33 — the state law that authorizes charter schools. “District school boards shall receive a proportional share, based on student enrollment, of local funding approved by voter referendum, including referenda authorized by s. 1011.71, for all funds that are not otherwise provided in the Florida Education Finance Program under s. 1011.62 or the General Appropriations Act,” the bill reads. That may sound like esoteric legal jargon, but United Teachers of Dade president Karla Hernandez-Mats is crying foul.