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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:26 PM

Rick Scott to seek pay raise for Florida teachers

Source: Tampa Bay Times

TALLAHASSEE With Florida anticipating its first budget surplus in five years, Gov. Rick Scott will seek an across-the-board pay raise for public school teachers in the budget he will send to the Legislature next week.

Scott is expected to unveil the proposal on Wednesday when he visits a middle school in suburban Orlando. The amount of the pay increase is not yet known.

According to a state-by-state survey by the National Education Association, average teacher salaries in Florida are among the lowest in the country. A survey for the 2010-11 year showed the average salary in Florida was $45,732, which ranked 45th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Average salaries were highest in New York, at $72,708 a year.

Scott began his term as governor two years ago on the outs with many teachers and their union, the Florida Education Association, which strongly backed Scott's Democratic opponent, Alex Sink. But Scott who's seeking re-election in 2014 has held highly publicized meetings with teachers around the state, invited FEA President Andy Ford to the Governor's Mansion, and called for $250 debit cards for all teachers to help cover the costs of out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/rick-scott-to-seek-pay-raise-for-florida-teachers/1271735

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Reply Rick Scott to seek pay raise for Florida teachers (Original post)
teach1st Jan 2013 OP
csziggy Jan 2013 #1
tinymontgomery Jan 2013 #2
teach1st Jan 2013 #4
csziggy Jan 2013 #9
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #5
spartan61 Jan 2013 #3
elleng Jan 2013 #6
okwmember Jan 2013 #7
Sancho Jan 2013 #8
RantinRavin Jan 2013 #11
Fuddnik Jan 2013 #12
Sancho Jan 2013 #15
Blue Idaho Jan 2013 #10
judesedit Jan 2013 #13
alp227 Jan 2013 #14
and-justice-for-all Jan 2013 #16
Joel thakkar Jan 2013 #17

Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:28 PM

1. He's just hoping to buy teacher's votes

I'd think Florida teachers would be too smart to fall for that.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:32 PM

2. That was my first thought also

buying votes.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:40 PM

4. I'm not buying.... (N/T)

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Response to teach1st (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:26 PM

9. Thank you! n/t

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Response to csziggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:41 PM

5. +13,406

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:35 PM

3. It would be great for the teachers in FL

to get a raise in pay but I have a question for Scott. What is your motive for this? Are you afraid you won't win re-election and are bribing the teachers o vote for you? I would take the raise but sure as hell not vote for this POS.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:41 PM

6. Looking for votes.

Budget surplus???

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:04 PM

7. Hey asshole,

You're still not getting reelected.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:13 PM

8. He cuts our pay 3%, and no raises for 6 years, then he wants to "give us a raise"!?!?!

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Response to Sancho (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:22 PM

11. How did he freeze pay for 6 years

When he's been in office for 2?

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Response to RantinRavin (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:00 PM

12. The NEXT 6 years.

Unless he has a time machine.

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Response to RantinRavin (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:20 PM

15. There are a bunch of contracts with public employees....but some are 5 years and some are 3...

most state employees haven't had a raise in 3-6 years. Scott cut our pay 3% to 6% to add to "retirement". Other benefits that were decades old, like life insurance for state employees was reduced or eliminated.

Some raises were expected or built into contracts. Scott "took back" previously negotiated pay and benefits. The Florida Supreme Court has been split on the legality of some items, and still hasn't ruled on all of them.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:16 PM

10. Tricky Ricky Stikes Again! nt.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:46 PM

13. About time he did something positive. Still hope he does NOT get reelected. Not a good man.

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Response to judesedit (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:49 PM

14. Seems like payola to the rest of us.

Someone else brought up that florida teachers got a pay cut a few years back and nothing for years until this surplus.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 10:13 PM

16. First Jindal now Scott....their actions are not sincere at all...nt

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:32 AM

17. buying votes

i hope he loses the election

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