Miami-Dade Schools, teachers union make a pay deal

December 12, 2018

Working with $211 million, Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ plan includes a 5 percent supplement from the referendum funding for instructional personnel and full-time paraprofessionals in January, ahead of double-digit percentage increases promised by the referendum ready in July. The agreement also comes with about a 1 percent raise for recurring salary adjustments for teachers.

After schools let out and day turned to night outside school district headquarters, school officials and teachers union delegates stayed behind, holding back tears of joy.

Never before had Miami-Dade County Public Schools and United Teachers of Dade negotiated with over $200 million for instructional personnel — a sum generously approved by voters who said yes to paying more in taxes, largely for teacher pay.

Both groups struck a deal late Tuesday after UTD warmly accepted the district’s first financial proposal, a three-tiered plan unveiled by the district for the first time earlier that day