Rick Scott pitches teacher pay raise to Florida school board

Governor wants school board to support a $2,500 raise per teacher

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott is trying get the support from the state Board of Education to give Florida teachers a $2,500 pay raise.

A letter from Scott pitching the proposal was read at the board's meeting Monday in Orlando. The board had no immediate response.

Republicans have in recent years promoted merit pay as opposed to an across-the-board raise. The Republican governor defends his break from GOP orthodoxy.

Scott writes that all Florida teachers should get a raise for reasons including earning the highest overall grade from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

He also notes the Legislature already has passed a law requiring performance pay based heavily on student test scores. That law, though, is being challenged in court by the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union.

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