Florida Governor Rick Scott To Propose Pay Raises for Teachers

He will unveil his proposal Wednesday in Ocoee, a spokeswoman said

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:27 PM EDT
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking state lawmakers to put aside money in the coming year to give pay raises to the state's teachers.

A spokeswoman for the governor said that Scott will announce his proposal Wednesday in Ocoee. The governor's office is not providing any additional details yet.

Scott last year pushed legislators to increase overall funding going to the state's public schools but he did not mandate that the money go to teacher salaries.

In the past GOP legislators have resisted calls to raise teacher salaries by saying it was the responsibility of local school boards to decide how much to pay teachers.

The state has roughly 168,000 teachers.

Scott is putting the finishing touches on the 2013 budget he will likely submit next week to legislators.

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