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Duval boosts pay for starting teachers by $1,200

Duval County Public Schools
Teacher Cleon Edwards of Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership helps student Tyliko Maduro during a Junior Achievement Inspire career exploration program.

The base pay for starting teachers in Jacksonville is poised to rise to $48,700 annually under contract language the Duval County School Board approved at its meeting Monday evening.

The $1,200-a-year increase represents a 2.5% hike in the base wage, but the effects of new pay scales on individual teachers will vary based on factors including their education, work experience and job evaluations.

Florida has 22 separate laws controlling how teacher salaries are set, and pay scales approved by the board must be reviewed for compliance by the Florida Department of Education before the raises can take effect, said Terrie Brady, president of Duval Teachers United.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.