After pay-cut effort, Rick Scott seeks teacher pay raise - FOX 35 News Orlando

After leading pay-cut effort, Gov. Scott seeks teacher pay raise

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Gov. Rick Scott is expected to make an announcement today in Ocoee seeking a pay raise for Florida's teachers.

Just a couple of years ago, Scott spearheaded a successful effort to cut their wages by 3 percent through a retirement contribution.

"Teachers kind of do everything," said ninth-grader Julianne Woodward. "Firefighters and policemen had to come from somewhere. They came from teachers. So I think teachers should get a pay raise."

The Florida Supreme Court last week upheld a Scott-proposed law requiring the pension contribution from teachers, state and county employees and some municipal workers.

The Legislature last year approved Scott's request to increase public school funding by $1 billion but left it to local school boards to determine how much, if any, would go to pay raises.

That was a turnaround for the Republican governor, who in the previous year persuaded lawmakers to cut school spending.

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