Does Senator Soto’s proposal on starting salaries for teachers make sense?

Senator Darren Soto has filed a bill to raise starting salaries for teachers in Florida’s K-12 schools to $50,000 (story from State Impact Florida here).  According to the National Education Association, the average starting teacher salary in Florida in 2012-2013 was $35,166.

Does it make sense to raise the starting salary to $50,000 for all teachers?  Or should teachers be paid differently according to their subject?

Without further comment, I present a graph of selected salaries for recent college graduates listed by FiveThirtyEight.com and taken from the American Community Survey.

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