Letter writer John Hernandez said that the governor promised $2,500 to teachers. He is correct; however, this promise was not fully funded by the state. Nonetheless, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and United Teachers of Dade negotiated an agreement where, using a combination of funds, the district was able to effectuate salary increases of close to $2,500 for most teachers.
The first part of this increase was paid to teachers on Nov. 27, 2013 (with salary increases backdated to Oct. 11, 2013). The second part of the agreement allowed the vast majority of teachers to receive Race to the Top performance pay. These awards, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, were paid out on Feb. 7. As a result of these efforts, the average combined pay increase totaled 6.51 percent.
Lauren Harshbarger O’Mara, executive director, Human Capital Management, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami