TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott's pay raise for teachers isn't arriving quite as promised. Scott this year pledged $480 million so that teachers could get a $2,500 across the board pay raise.
Legislators set aside the money, but they gave school districts leeway in how the raises could be handed out.
A top Department of Education official told legislators Wednesday that so far only 13 out of 67 school districts had completed negotiations with local unions over the pay raises. A total of $26.1 million has been spent so far.
Some districts that have handed out raises are also giving money to administrators along with teachers. Some teachers are also getting less than $2,500.
Republican legislators wanted districts to primarily link raises to performance but only two districts took that approach.