Runcie supports charter school teachers


Last legislative session, Governor Rick Scott and the Legislature provided an increase of more than $1 billion in the education budget, including $480 million to fund a much-deserved pay raise for public school teachers. The charter school teacher pay raises – like per student funding for charter schools – must funnel through the school district. This means that school districts may keep 5% of every charter school teacher’s pay increase. In an effort to support our teachers – our most valuable classroom resource -- the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) asked Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie not to charge the 5% Administrative Fee on the charter school Teacher Salary Allocation. Superintendent Runcie agreed not to charge the fee, and will return any fees that have been charged so far. The Superintendent has also approved back and retro pay from July 1, 2013 to charter school teachers in Broward County. FCPCS is requesting that all Florida school districts do the same.

“We can’t thank Superintendent Runcie enough for being a thoughtful and fearless education leader,” said Robert Haag, President, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools. “Mr. Runcie clearly respects all teachers, and wants to make sure they receive their due compensation.”

In September 2013, Superintendent Runcie, along with State Representative Janet Adkins, chaired the Quality Charter School Authorizer Task Force – a meeting that brought together representatives from seven school districts across Florida and charter school operators with the specific goal of opening lines of communications and improving relationships between districts and charter schools. A report from the Task Force was used to develop a legislative agenda that aims to benefit all public school children in Florida.

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