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 Substitute 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
The item was unanimously approved at the May 19, 2021 Neighborhoods and Quality of Life Committee meeting and the May 21, 2021 Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee meeting. At the Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee meeting a motion was made to support the program in an amount not to exceed $5,000.00 for the reimbursement of eligible Miami Beach residents for Miami-Dade County Public School substitute teacher credential requirements and the issuance of a citywide parking decal aligned to the school year for the applicable school year.