Scott Wants to Give $2,500 Raise to Florida Teachers

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Governor's Office Release

Jacksonville, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott toured classrooms at Allen Nease Senior High School with Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner, Principal Kyle Dresback, Student Body President Zach Anastasiadis, Senior Class President Mary Sieredzinski, and Salutatorian Alec Abate. This tour comes on the heels of Governor Scott’s budget announcement to support a $2,500 pay raise for all full-time public school classroom teachers, and his commitment of $1.2 billion to further support Florida’s K-12 education system.

Governor Scott said, “Nease High School is ranked number three in Florida for their ‘college ready’ graduation rate, which means their students are being well prepared for the future. To support continued teacher and student success, we are doubling down on our education investment and continuing to put Florida’s families first. Our 2013-2014 budget invests $1.2 billion in K-12 education, including a $2,500 pay raise for every classroom teacher. I can think of no better investment for our state than investing in those teachers who work on the frontline of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children. A good education leads to great jobs and opportunities for Florida’s families.”

St. Johns County is the number one county in the state of Florida for “college ready” high school graduates, at 79 percent. These consist of graduates that go on to college who require no remedial classes. Allen Nease Senior High School ranks third in St. Johns County for “college ready” graduates, at 83 percent.

Math teacher Stefanie Martineau was honored with the “Governor’s Shine Award,” given to inspirational Florida teachers, during today’s visit. Stefanie teaches various math classes at Allen Nease Senior High school, and tutors students after school in coordination with the National Honor Society program.

St. Johns County Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner said, “We are very supportive and appreciative of the tangible commitment that Governor Scott is proposing for our schools which will benefit both students and teachers. With his continued commitment to improving education in Florida, we can only expect to see even better things to come for St. Johns’ students and families.”

In Florida overall, student and teachers were recently ranked 6th for educational quality, fourth-grade students scored second best in the world in reading, and the National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Florida teachers number one in the country in their 2012 survey.

Statement from FEA President Andy Ford on Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposal for public education:

“We are happy the governor is recognizing and investing in Florida’s high performing public schools. In most of Florida, our public schools are the largest employer. Added money spent on public schools always helps grow our economy. We look forward to the governor’s strong advocacy of this proposal.”

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott wants to give a $2,500 across the board pay raise to every full time teacher in the state.

Scott is announcing his proposal Wednesday afternoon in Ocoee.

The governor will include the pay raise as part of the 2013 budget recommendations he will give to state legislators. The pay raise is expected to cost $480 million. It will also have to be approved by school boards in local counties.

Scott during his first year in office approved cuts to public school funding

But last year he sought a $1 billion increase but left it to local school boards to determine how much, if any, would go to pay raises.

There are about 168,000 teachers statewide.

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott is seeking a pay raise for Florida's teachers after spearheading a successful effort to cut their wages by 3 percent through a retirement contribution.

Scott planned to announce his proposal Wednesday in Ocoee. No details were immediately available.

The Florida Supreme Court last week upheld a Scott-proposed law requiring the pension contribution from teachers, state and county employees and some municipal workers.

The Legislature last year approved Scott's request to increase public school funding by $1 billion but left it to local school boards to determine how much, if any, would go to pay raises.

That was a turn-around for the Republican governor, who in the previous year persuaded lawmakers to cut school spending.

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking state lawmakers put aside money in the coming year to give pay raises to the state's teachers.

A spokeswoman for the governor said that Scott will announce his proposal Wednesday in Orlando. The governor's office is not providing any additional details yet.

Scott last year pushed legislators to increase overall funding going to the state's public schools but he did not mandate that the money go to teacher salaries.

In the past GOP legislators have resisted calls to raise teacher salaries by saying it was the responsibility of local school boards to decide how much to pay teachers.

The state has roughly 168,000 teachers.

Scott is putting the finishing touches on the 2013 budget he will likely submit next week to legislators.

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