This morning, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he would be pushing for an increase in starting salary for teachers of $47,500. Up from $39,000 which is among the lowest in the nation (story HERE).
It’s common sense really but in this bizarre political environment, common sense plays quite popular for an electorate that’s become use to non action and excuses.
You’ll find that the majority of the public sentiment in Florida believes that our teachers are underpaid.
So, the Governor wants to change that. It’s not that complicated really.
Just like pushing along aid for the everglades, pardoning the Groveland Four, and pushing along voter approved Medical Marijuana.
You listen to the voters that put you into office want and you do that.
It ain’t that hard.
Still, because of today’s toxic government behavior, nothing comes easily. We’ve come to believe that every single legislative task is a tug of war of partisanship and political red tape.
That’s what if felt like at times when Charlie Crist and Rick Scott was Governor. That’s how it feels in Washington right now.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Now, DeSantis’ opponents and the teacher unions will tell you it’s still not enough. It will never be enough when they don’t even want him in the job. But it’s still a move in the right direction.
And let’s be realistic, this push will still have to go through the state legislature and they’ll probably ruin it or at least water it down. Hopefully, they don’t decide to use our teacher pay to send a political statement like they have in the past
But for right now, Governor Ron DeSantis will continue to find favorability by simply doing what sounds like what your average person on the street would do.
It’s working and let’s hope more lawmakers try it.