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Governor Embarks On Education 'Pep Rally' Touting Teacher Raises By September

Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott is taking a victory lap around the state after the legislature okayed $480 million  to fund pay raises for teachers and other school employees.

While the Governor did not get the across-the-board increases he had sought, in a recorded video statement he thanked the legislature for funding the raises. 

“Our teachers are going to receive pay raises because there is $480 million in our budget this year...on top of that, there’s over a billion dollars for the second year in a row to constantly continue improving our education.”   

Scott’s comments came during a trip to Piper High School in Broward County.  The Governor’s week-long “pep rally” will take him to five Central and South Florida schools. The raises are based on performance and can be up to $3,500. The pay hikes were originally set for next year, but under legislative changes, they could now happen as soon as September.