|Concerns shadow Palm Beach County teachers' pay raises|
Though Palm Beach County school teachers are bringing home slightly more than the average teacher in the state, many teachers say modest pay raises won’t offset the rising cost of living in the area. Last month, the school board approved up to 3.5% raise for "highly effective" teachers on an annual contract. The compensation package will also include a $1,500 bonus for school district employees, and it’s one of the best in the state, but not everyone’s paycheck will increase by the same amount. Veteran teachers who have tenure will receive 25% less on their raise, PBC Classroom Teacher’s Association (CTA) president Justin Katz has complained. According to the National Education Association, Florida teacher salaries are ranked 48th in the country, with average teacher pay coming out to about $51,009, compared to the national average of $65,293. Notably, average teacher salary in Palm Beach County is slightly above that state average. According to the Florida Department of Education, the average teacher in Palm Beach County makes $53,504, which well above the average $46,415 salary a teacher in Martin County is typically bringing in. The CTA is expected to ratify the new compensation package already approved by the school district within about one week.