Gov. Rick Scott hopes teachers remember his efforts to get them more money, now that the Florida Legislature has adjourned.
Scott embarked on a Teacher Pay Raise Pep Rally Tour today as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week.
Scott requested $480 million for raises. He got the full amount, but it won’t be doled out exactly as he wanted.
He was hoping for across-the-board raises of $2,500 for every teacher.
Instead, lawmakers approved raises that will vary based on teacher evaluations and effectiveness rankings.
Other school personnel will also be eligible for pay boosts.
Scott said districts will have flexibility in carrying out the raises in coordination with their collective bargaining agreements.
“We have the opportunity for our teachers to get from a $2,500 to a $3,500 pay raise,” Scott said last week after lawmakers came to agreement on the budget. “So it’s a great day for teachers. It’s also a great day for students.”
Scott is making five stops this week on his “victory tour.”
- Piper High School, Sunrise
- Wynnebrook Elementary School, West Palm Beach
- Nease High School, Ponte Vedra
- Ocoee Middle School, Ocoee
- Alexander Elementary School, Tampa