Orange County teachers union approves contract to increase teacher salaries

Pay increases set to begin during 2022-23 school year

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Classroom Teachers Association ratified an agreement with Orange County Public Schools Thursday evening for new teacher salaries in the 2022-23 school year.

According to the teachers union, teachers approved the agreement by a 52% majority vote, putting several salary increases into effect for OCCTA bargaining unit members:

  • The cost-of-living adjustment will jump $900
  • Effective teachers will receive an $1,800 increase ($2,700 with the raised cost-of-living adjustment)
  • Highly effective teachers will receive a $2,425 increase ($3,325 with the raised cost-of-living adjustment)
  • Teachers’ starting salaries increased from $47,500 to $48,400
  • School psychologists’ starting salary increased from $56,250 to $57,150
  • Master’s Degree supplement increased from $3,342 to $3,405
  • Specialist Degree supplement increased from $5,127 to $5,224
  • Doctorate Degree supplement increased from $6,760 to $6,888

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The teachers union said all educators will begin receiving the new cost-of-living adjustment beginning Aug. 17, which will be distributed across all paychecks throughout the school year.

Officials added that performance pay increases will be handed out once evaluation scores are finalized, though those increases are retroactive to the first duty day of the 2022-23 school year.

“While these much-needed raises are an important step towards the salaries our teachers deserve, this is just the beginning,” OCCTA President Clinton McCracken said. “We are prepared for the hard work ahead of us and are counting on OCPS leaders to prioritize educators every step of the way.”

News 6 has attached the full agreement to this story, which can viewed below.

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