As lawmakers debate how to implement Governor Rick Scott's suggestion of pay raises for all Florida teachers, local educators say they'll just be grateful for an increase.
Governor Scott proposed a $2,500 across-the-board pay raise for teachers.
The Florida House plan would give districts $676 million through the state's main funding to use on priorities, which includes pay raises.
The Senate's plan would specify that districts use $480 million for salary increases.
Leon County Superintendent of Schools Jackie Pons says, "Any way that they can find a way to compensate our teachers and to compensate them for what they're doing. They're not only changing lives, they're saving lives. They do a great job. I would certainly support this concept."
The House's budget strongly encourages school districts to base at least half of the teacher pay raises on performance.
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