DeSantis signs bill for $500 million in teacher raises

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Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 9:42 AM CDT
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By Associated Press | June 24, 2020 at 6:20 PM EDT - Updated June 24 at 6:20 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is sticking to his promise to give teachers $500 million in raises despite plummeting state revenue because of the coronavirus.

DeSantis signed the bill at a Miami-Dade County school Wednesday.

Raising teacher salaries was a top priority for DeSantis in the legislative session that ended in mid-March, just as the state was shutting down because of the pandemic.

The bill will raise the minimum teacher salary to $47,500 and provide other raises.

While DeSantis said he will have to make some other hard budget decisions, he said he’s fully committed to teacher raises.

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