Gov. Scott Urges Teacher Pay Raises

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on school districts across the state to approve pay raises for teachers.

Scott this year pledged $480 million so that teachers could get a $2,500 across the board pay raise. Legislators set aside the money, but they gave school districts leeway in how the raises could be handed out.

So far only 16 out of 67 school districts had completed negotiations with local unions over the pay raises.

Scott sent out a letter to school superintendents Tuesday where he said teachers "deserve" a pay raise. He added teachers should know their new salary level as soon as possible.

He said he asked Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to help districts to find a quick resolution to pay raise negotiations.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott's pay raise for teachers isn't arriving quite as promised.

Scott this year pledged $480 million so that teachers could get a $2,500 across the board pay raise. Legislators set aside the money, but they gave school districts leeway in how the raises could be handed out.

A top Department of Education official told legislators Wednesday that so far only 13 out of 67 school districts had completed negotiations with local unions over the pay raises. A total of $26.1 million has been spent so far.

Some districts that have handed out raises are also giving money to administrators along with teachers. Some teachers are also getting less than $2,500.

Republican legislators wanted districts to primarily link raises to performance but only two districts took that approach.


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