Gov. Scott Wants to Give Teachers a Raise

The Florida governor is expected to use a portion of a projected budget surplus to pay for the raise. Florida teachers have been vocal opponents of the governor's spending cuts.

How do you spell "relief"?

Florida teachers certainly may be feeling some relief, since Gov. Rick Scott indicated that he will use Florida's first budget surplus in five years for an across-the-board pay raise for public school teachers.

The Bradenton Herald is reporting that Scott will announce the plan Wednesday in Orlando. The details of the pay raise, including the amount, have yet to be disclosed.

Florida teachers have been among the angry protesters at many of Scott's event, opposing spending cuts that affect their salaries and benefits.

Scott is seeking re-election and has been extending a hand -- with some debit cards -- to teachers, according to the Bradenton Herald.

He called for $250 debit cards for all teachers to help cover the costs of out-of-pocket classroom expenses.


canary January 23, 2013 at 07:29 PM
If teachers think that respect is not to be earned that is another problem. There are good teachers but when they say nothing about the situations at school they have actually said something. They are saying that our children are not worth the effort. They are saying that the public is not respected by them. I for one don't believe they are that underpaid. They keep all their sick time they don't use and cash it out at the end of employment at the high end of the payscale. They don't attend PTSO they don't attend School Advisory Council. The also have no time for your child who is struggling before, during or after. I have been personally told so "I have over 180 students that I am responsbile for, you need to hire a tutor". Via my taxes I thought I already had. No Governor Scott you were wrong to do so.


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