Brevard Public Schools Announce Commitment Towards Providing Teachers Paid Parental Leave
By Space Coast Daily // September 17, 2020
plan will allow teachers to take paid parental leave after the delivery or adoption of a child
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools is committed to supporting and encouraging its teachers and on Wednesday, the school district agreed to a plan that will give teachers paid parental leave. The plan will be a trendsetter for teacher benefits in Florida.
The agreement was made during a contract negotiation session with the Brevard Federation of Teachers. The plan will allow a teacher to take five days paid parental leave after the delivery or adoption of a child.
During a time where every industry faces financial challenges, education is no different. Still, the district was able to propose a pay raise using the full $11.3 million allocated for teacher raises by the state legislature.
Classroom teachers would see a salary of no less than $46,650. All other teachers would receive raises equaling $709. The district is ready to get this money into the bank accounts of teachers as soon as possible.
This proposal meets the Florida statue’s intent while using the full $11.3 million for teacher compensation.
The district and the union agreed on changes to insurance premium costs that ensure the stability of healthcare coverage for BPS teachers.
The district and the union were able to work together and meet in the middle when it comes to the monthly premium costs.
While no contract agreement was reached today, Brevard Public Schools will continue to negotiate in good faith with Brevard Federation of Teachers.
The next bargaining session is scheduled for Monday, September 21st.