Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will ask county voters to invest in our children and our community through the passage of a proposed levy based on the determined value of a property for up to four (4) years for increases in teachers’ compensation and additional school safety personnel. This levy would allow M-DCPS to raise $232 million annually, at cost of less than $142 per year for the typical homeowner.
M-DCPS’ current tax rate is the lowest since 1980, and it will remain so with this proposed levy.
A citizens’ oversight advisory committee will be established to monitor the use of proceeds generated by the passage of the referendum to safeguard the taxpayers’ investment.
M-DCPS is one of the highest-performing urban school systems in the state, and it became an "A"-rated district earlier this year.
M-DCPS gives Miami-Dade’s citizens reason to be proud with ever-rising student achievement and graduation rates. This remarkable performance is largely the result of the outstanding work of M-DCPS teachers.
Attracting committed, talented people to the teaching profession requires that they see a promising financial future in the profession.
Districts with higher teacher compensation have higher teacher retention rates.
Nationally, Florida ranks near the bottom in the average salary for instructional staff.
Total per-pupil funding generated by the state’s funding formula is the same as it was ten years ago.
Teachers find it difficult to afford median housing costs in Miami-Dade County.
Miami-Dade County has one the highest costs of living for any Florida county, eight percent higher than the state average.
The funds raised will also be used to increase school safety personnel.
Due to the residual effects of recent tragedies, M-DCPS has implemented numerous safety enhancements and will continue to augment safety protocols and security procedures in all schools.
Sworn police officers will be placed at all schools to provide a visible presence, thereby deterring crime and promoting a safe learning and teaching environment.
School construction funds approved by voters in 2012 cannot be used for operating expenses or compensation.
Florida law prohibits sales tax to fund operating expenses, such as salaries.
Our children need to be educated and guided by the most qualified, skilled, talented teachers.
Our children need to remain safe with community stakeholders involved to support school police.
The education, safety, and financial success of a community’s children as they grow into adults impact the entire community.
A significant return on investment for the community and local business owners will be seen as better compensation for teachers translates into increased buying power. This positively impacts the local economy through home sales and rentals, automobile sales, and other purchased goods and services from the local economy. “A rising tide lifts all boats.”
Higher teacher compensation can help attract professionals with experience and expertise in other high-demand industries who are seeking a career change. These professionals bring a level of experience and expertise to classroom instruction that prepares students for careers locally and abroad.
M-DCPS continues to implement best practices in the deployment of bond projects to maximize opportunities for small and minority businesses, thus meeting its commitment to be a positive economic engine within the local business community.
Since the inception of the General Obligation Bond, over 400 projects have been successfully completed, addressing critical needs across the District.
As of June 30 of this year, bond dollar investment in District schools totaled approximately $612 million, which included about $90 million in classroom technology improvements.
Higher-performing teachers produce a future workforce that is highly skilled and knowledgeable.
Other Florida counties, including Broward, are asking their communities for similar commitments to education and student safety. M-DCPS teacher compensation must be competitive. Additional School Resource Officers and the presence of sworn law enforcement officers at schools will promote a safe learning environment.
High-performing teachers, particularly in the areas of math and science, are extensively sought after by other districts and private industries.
The proposed levy is based on the recommendations of community stakeholders including parents, teachers, and representatives from the community and businesses.