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Scott Proposes Increasing Education Funding By $542 Million, Mostly For Public Schools

| January 27, 2014

The bulk of the new spending — $542 million — would go to public schools. While that is far lower than the approximately $1 billion increases Scott sought in each of the last two years, his office touted the fact that it would bring spending on education to the highest level in state history in terms of raw dollars, though unadjusted for inflation.

Flagler’s Teachers Still Waiting on Their $1,900 Raise as District and Union Negotiate Contract

| October 10, 2013

Flagler’s teachers are in the same situation as teachers in 53 other counties where negotiations with unions have delayed the raises. A sticking point in Flagler: the district wants the authority to renegotiate annual “step” raises, while the union wants those step increases to continue to be awarded automatically, as they have been to date.

Judge Rejects Teachers’ Challenge to Law Tying Pay and Evaluations to Student Performance

| May 3, 2013

A group of teachers, backed by the Florida Education Association, contended in the challenge that the law violated constitutionally guaranteed collective-bargaining rights and that lawmakers had given too much decision-making authority to the state Board of Education.

Merit Pay Only as Lawmakers Knock Out $2,500 Across-the-Board Raise for Teachers

| April 22, 2013

While granting Gov. Rick Scott $480 million he requested for education, lawmakers rejected a $2,500 across-the-board pay for teachers, tying any raises to merit pay only. The methodology for such increases has itself been controversial.

As Teachers Sue, Supportive Superintendents Criticize Evaluations Tied to Pay and Tests

| April 18, 2013

Superintendents expressed frustration with the state’s teacher evaluation law during a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott a day after teachers filed suit in federal court to overturn the law, Scott himself endorsed trying to fix the provision attacked by the lawsuit, but lawmakers must carry out the fix.

Florida Teachers Union Sues the State
Over Merit Pay, Calling It Unconstitutional

| September 15, 2011

The Florida Education Association says tying the state’s merit pay provision to standardized tests is unlawful because it violates collective-bargaining rights embedded in the constitution.

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