The 1-mill increase for teacher pay will help retain our highly effective and experienced teachers. It will also compensate other staff, such as security personnel and maintenance workers, and meet other operational needs, particularly in art, music, and athletics.

Great cities have great schools, with great students taught by great teachers, backed by great parents.

The 1-mill increase for teacher pay will help retain our highly effective and experienced teachers. It will also compensate other staff, such as security personnel and maintenance workers, and meet other operational needs, particularly in art, music, and athletics.

Right now, Duval schools have over 500 unfilled teaching positions. Our school district has seen an alarming increase in teacher resignations and retirements. Surrounding counties and other professions actively recruit our best teachers.

Experienced teachers only earn slightly larger salaries than first-year teachers. Because of this, many teachers are moving on to higher-paying, less stressful careers. The national shortage of teachers has put our school district in a fierce competition to keep quality instructors in the classroom.

According to a 2020-21 state report, Duval is ranked 40th out of 69 school districts in Florida, with an average teacher salary of $47,458 a year. That ranks us last among Florida’s seven large urban districts. In addition, Duval County ranks 58th out of 69 districts and last among the seven large urban districts in years of teaching experience.

The bottom line is, if we are to keep our best teachers, we need to pay them better.