UPDATE: Scott Seeking Pay Raise for Florida's Teachers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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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.

AP-WF-01-23-13 0803GMT


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