Florida Education Association President Andy Ford

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The sponsor of a measure aimed at overhauling the state’s pension system says that effort’s dead, but bill supporters and opponents alike say they won’t declare the win or loss until the 2014 Legislative Session comes to an end.

It’s Day 59 of the 60-day legislative Session. But, with session coming close to close, a procedural move by Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala Wednesday may have blocked this year’s effort to overhaul the state’s pension system.

Full-time Florida public school teachers could see their incomes rise later this year if Governor Rick Scott gets his way. The Governor is proposing a $2,500 dollar pay raise, but it has to make it through the legislature first.

Governor Scott’s across-the-board teacher pay raise would cost the state about $480 million. Scott, who strongly supported a bill passed two years ago tying teacher pay raises to student performance, says he still believes in merit pay, but also thinks the right thing to do now is give teachers a salary boost:

Governor Rick Scott says he wants to hear from public school students and teachers on how to make Florida’s education system better. And he’s been meeting with one of his main opponents: The Florida Education Association. The teacher’s union has opposed many of the Governor’s education policies, like a new evaluation system that ties teacher pay to student performance, and the end of tenure for new teachers. But both sides now say they want to find some common ground. Today we speak with Florida Education Association President Andy Ford about the future of Florida’s education system.