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Scott’s ‘victory tour’ celebrates $480 million in teacher raises

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Gov. Rick Scott was in the Bay area on Friday, making his final stop of the teacher pay raise "victory tour" at Alexander Elementary School in Tampa.

The tour celebrates $480 million for teacher pay raises.

As part of the plan, each district will have the flexibility to develop their own plan to award the greatest number of teachers the largest pay raises possible.

Scott is calling this is "victory tour," but others a calling it a campaign stop. He is running for re-election. In the last year, he's made a series of moves to reach out to the public education community.

Early in his administration, he passed the controversial merit-pay law that relies in part on student test scores to judge teacher performances, and he cut the state's education budget by $1.3 billion.

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