Teacher Pay Raise Debate
TALLAHASSEE--The House and Senate negotiators have said no to the Governor's across-the-board pay hike for teachers, opting instead for merit based increases.
Both plans cost $480 million.
The Governor says the across the board raises are one of only two priorities he has and believes the legislature will come through.
"We need to do an across the board twenty five hundred dollar pay raise for each and every one of our classroom teachers. Our k-12 school system is doing an outstanding job"- (Governor Rick Scott)
Scott got a boost from the Orange County School Superintendent, who says implementing merit pay, a year earlier than scheduled for 2014 would be difficult.
"We are convinced that it is a time to reward our teachers for their hard work and for our great outcomes. It's also a great mechanism for us to retain our talent and to recruit new talent as Florida lags behind the nation on average teacher pay."- (Barbara Jenkins, Orange County School Superintendent)
Two weeks remain in the legislative session.
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