Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:26 PM
teach1st (4,578 posts)
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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Response to teach1st (Original post)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:35 PM
spartan61 (2,023 posts)
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.
Response to RantinRavin (Reply #11)
Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:20 PM
Sancho (5,863 posts)
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.
Response to judesedit (Reply #13)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:49 PM
alp227 (29,700 posts)
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.