ENROLLED 2022 Legislature SB 2524, 1st Engrossed 20222524er
1012.22 Public school personnel; powers and duties of the district school board.—The district school
(1) Designate positions to be filled, prescribe qualifications for those positions, and provide for the
appointment, compensation, promotion, suspension, and dismissal of employees as follows, subject to
the requirements of this chapter:
(c) Compensation and salary schedules.—
1. Definitions.—As used in this paragraph:
a. “Adjustment” means an addition to the base salary schedule that is not a bonus and becomes part of
the employee’s permanent base salary and shall be considered compensation under s. 121.021(22).
b. “Grandfathered salary schedule” means the salary schedule or schedules adopted by a district school
board before July 1, 2014, pursuant to subparagraph 4.
c. “Instructional personnel” means instructional personnel as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a)-(d), excluding
d. “Performance salary schedule” means the salary schedule or schedules adopted by a district school
board pursuant to subparagraph 5.
e. “Salary schedule” means the schedule or schedules used to provide the base salary for district school
f. “School administrator” means a school administrator as defined in s. 1012.01(3)(c).
g. “Supplement” means an annual addition to the base salary for the term of the negotiated supplement
as long as the employee continues his or her employment for the purpose of the supplement. A
supplement does not become part of the employee’s continuing base salary but shall be considered
compensation under s. 121.021(22).
2. Cost-of-living adjustment.—A district school board may provide a cost-of-living salary adjustment if
a. Does not discriminate among comparable classes of employees based upon the salary schedule under
which they are compensated.
b. Does not exceed 50 percent of the annual adjustment provided to instructional personnel rated as
3. Advanced degrees.—A district school board may not use advanced degrees in setting a salary
schedule for instructional personnel or school administrators hired on or after July 1, 2011, unless the
advanced degree is held in the individual’s area of certification and is only a salary supplement.
4. Grandfathered salary schedule.—
a. The district school board shall adopt a salary schedule or salary schedules to be used as the basis for
paying all school employees hired before July 1, 2014. Instructional personnel on annual contract as of
July 1, 2014, shall be placed on the performance salary schedule adopted under subparagraph 5.
Instructional personnel on continuing contract or professional service contract may opt into the
performance salary schedule if the employee relinquishes such contract and agrees to be employed on
an annual contract under s. 1012.335. Such an employee shall be placed on the performance salary
schedule and may not return to continuing contract or professional service contract status. Any
employee who opts into the performance salary schedule may not return to the grandfathered salary
b. In determining the grandfathered salary schedule for instructional personnel, a district school board
must base a portion of each employee’s compensation upon performance demonstrated under s.
1012.34 and shall provide differentiated pay for both instructional personnel and school administrators
based upon district-determined factors, including, but not limited to, additional responsibilities, school
demographics, critical shortage areas, and level of job performance difficulties.
5. Performance salary schedule.—By July 1, 2014, the district school board shall adopt a performance
salary schedule that provides annual salary adjustments for instructional personnel and school
administrators based upon performance determined under s. 1012.34. Employees hired on or after July
1, 2014, or employees who choose to move from the grandfathered salary schedule to the performance
salary schedule shall be compensated pursuant to the performance salary schedule once they have
received the appropriate performance evaluation for this purpose.
a. Base salary.—The base salary shall be established as follows:
(I) The base salary for instructional personnel or school administrators who opt into the performance
salary schedule shall be the salary paid in the prior year, including adjustments only.
(II) Instructional personnel or school administrators new to the district, returning to the district after a
break in service without an authorized leave of absence, or appointed for the first time to a position in
the district in the capacity of instructional personnel or school administrator shall be placed on the
performance salary schedule. Beginning July 1, 2021, and until such time as the minimum base salary as
defined in s. 1011.62(14) s. 1011.62(16) equals or exceeds $47,500, the annual increase to the minimum
base salary shall not be less than 150 percent of the largest adjustment made to the salary of an
employee on the grandfathered salary schedule. Thereafter, the annual increase to the minimum base
salary shall not be less than 75 percent of the largest adjustment for an employee on the grandfathered
b. Salary adjustments.—Salary adjustments for highly effective or effective performance shall be
established as follows:
(I) The annual salary adjustment under the performance salary schedule for an employee rated as highly
effective must be at least 25 percent greater than the highest annual salary adjustment available to an
employee of the same classification through any other salary schedule adopted by the district.
(II) The annual salary adjustment under the performance salary schedule for an employee rated as
effective must be equal to at least 50 percent and no more than 75 percent of the annual adjustment
provided for a highly effective employee of the same classification.
(III) A salary schedule shall not provide an annual salary adjustment for an employee who receives a
rating other than highly effective or effective for the year.
c. Salary supplements.—In addition to the salary adjustments, each district school board shall provide
for salary supplements for activities that must include, but are not limited to:
(I) Assignment to a Title I eligible school. 1
(II) Assignment to a school that earned a grade of “F” or three consecutive grades of “D” pursuant to s.
1008.34 such that the supplement remains in force for at least 1 year following improved performance
in that school.
(III) Certification and teaching in critical teacher shortage areas. Statewide critical teacher shortage areas
shall be identified by the State Board of Education under s. 1012.07. However, the district school board
may identify other areas of critical shortage within the school district for purposes of this sub-subsubparagraph and may remove areas identified by the state board which do not apply within the school
(IV) Assignment of additional academic responsibilities.
If budget constraints in any given year limit a district school board’s ability to fully fund all adopted
salary schedules, the performance salary schedule shall not be reduced on the basis of total cost or the
value of individual awards in a manner that is proportionally greater than reductions to any other salary
schedules adopted by the district. Any compensation for longevity of service awarded to instructional
personnel who are on any other salary schedule must be included in calculating the salary adjustments
required by sub-subparagraph b.
ENROLLED 2022 Legislature SB 2524, 1st Engrossed 20222524er