Item Coversheet



TO: Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee Members

Alina T. Hudak, City Manager

DATE: May 19, 2021



In January 2008, the City of Miami Beach entered into an Education Compact with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) to enhance learning opportunities for youth.   The Compact reflects the desire of the Miami Beach community to support excellence in the City’s public schools.   The Compact currently addresses and supports the following priority areas: Teacher Recruitment/Retention; Communication; Parental Involvement/Family Support; Youth and Community Engagement; Health and Well-Being; Student Achievement; Safety; and Technology.


In 2012, the City established a Substitute Teacher Incentive Program to assist with the recruitment of Miami Beach residents to serve as substitute teachers for Miami Beach Nautilus Middle School.   In 2016 the program was discontinued and allocated funds ($3,000) were redirected to other educational enhancements.   Participating residents were to be issued a citywide parking decal for three months following six days of substitute teaching at the middle school.   Based on information received from the principal at the time, Miami Beach residents did not serve as substitute teachers during that time period.


At the March 16, 2021 Committee for Quality Education meeting, members requested to reinstate the City's Substititute Incentive Program via the below motion:

Made by Mary Keinath

Second by Beverly Heller

The Committee for Quality Education requests the Mayor and City Commission reinstate the

incentive program to recruit residents of Miami Beach to become substitute teachers for Miami

Beach public schools and offer them an incentive such as a citywide parking permit or funding of the

cost to attain a substitute teacher certification.

The Committee for Quality Education urges the Mayor and Commission to support the above


Motion Passage: Votes 11-0


Based on current information posted to the Miami-Dade County Public School website, the procedure to become a substitute teacher with M-DCPS includes, but is not limited to, the following upfront expenditures to attain the substitute teacher credential:

  • $30.00     Miami-Dade College New Student Admission Fee
  • $118.22   Miami-Dade College In-State Tuition Fee EDG 2311
  • $28.00     Substitute Teacher Handbook
  • $71.00     MDCPS Fingerprinting Fee
  • $30.00     Transcripts from Colleges (Estimated)


The total approximate cost to receive the MDCPS Substitute Teacher credential is $277.22.


Implementation of the Substitute Teacher Incentive Program may assist with the recruitment of eligible Miami Beach residents to serve as substitute teachers at Miami Beach Nautilus Middle School.   Options for incentives may include a citywide parking decal for a specific period of time, reimbursement to residents for upfront costs for substitute teacher credential, and/or other options.

Applicable Area

Not Applicable
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
No No 

Strategic Connection

Prosperity - Be known for (K-12) educational excellence.
QEC Motion March 2021Memo
Substitute Teacher CMB FlyerMemo
MDCPS Substitute Teacher Application ProcedureMemo