“Gov. Rick Scott wants all teachers to get a $2,500 pay raise next year, saying this afternoon he could think of “no better investment” for Florida to make than to boost salaries for teachers.
Scott said the proposal, which would cost $480 million, would be in addition to an increase in overall education funding, which he would also propose as part of his budget request to the Florida Legislature.
The governor said he will propose an $2,500 across-the-board raise for full-time classroom teachers. “I’m very confident it’s the right thing to do,” he said at a news conference at Ocoee Middle School.
As Florida struggled through the Great Recession, Scott said, his administration made the “tough choices” needed to get the state’s economy back on track, including cutting spending for public education.