Scott makes pay raise pitch to Fla. school board

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Feb 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 08:40:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(AP) - Gov. Rick Scott is trying to enlist support from the State Board of Education for giving all Florida teachers a $2,500 pay raise.

A letter from Scott pitching the proposal was read at the board's meeting Monday in Orlando. The board had no immediate response.

The Republican governor defends his break from GOP orthodoxy. Republicans have in recent years promoted merit pay as opposed to an across-the-board raise.

Scott writes that all Florida teachers should get a raise for reasons that include earning the highest overall grade from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

He also notes the Legislature already has passed a law requiring performance pay based heavily on student test scores. That law, though, is being challenged in court by the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union.