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Scott wants to give $2,500 raise to Fla. teachers

Florida Education
Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-23 13:36:21-05

UPDATE: 01/23/13  6:22 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)-- After announcing Tuesday that Gov. Rick Scott wants a $2,500 pay raise for all Florida teachers, he released the following statement."

"Right now, what I'm focused on is the fact that our teachers have done a great job," Scott said Wednesday at the Capitol. "Look at the quality of our education system, look at how hard they're working, look at the test scores. They're doing a very good job. "I believe in merit pay, I believe in measurement. I believe in accountability. We're going to continue to work on that," Scott added. "But right now, the right thing to do is an across-the-board pay raise for all full time teachers."

The pay raise is expected to cost $480 million. It will also have to be approved by school boards in local counties.

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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 announced 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.