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Lawmakers approve plan for teacher raises

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Florida teachers will be getting a pay raise, but it's not as simple as it sounds.

The raises won't actually kick in until next June - so another year from now – and it won't be all teachers getting the extra cash.

Although this should come as some good news to many of our state educators, Florida House and Senate budget negotiators finished up late last night - agreeing on the pay raise package for our teachers. This is something Gov. Rick Scott has been pushing for several months.

He wanted to give across-the-board $2,500 pay raises to all teachers.

And it's something he pushed for until the very end.

"Our K-12 system is doing an outstanding job," Scott said last week. We're No. 6 in the country. and we're on our way to being No. 1. The right thing to do is reward our teachers with this pay raise."

The Governor is getting his raises - but not exactly what he wanted. The raises will not be across the board - instead based on teacher performance.

For instance, a teacher ranked "effective" will get the $2,500. A teacher ranked "highly effective" will get more - about $3,500.

And here's where it may get a little controversial. Exactly how will the teachers be ranked? It will all be linked to student achievement - which we've seen many teachers have issues with in the past.

However, Gov. Scott has already issued a statement saying he applauds the final deal and does believe it will still lead to most teachers getting the raise.

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