For the past several years, Florida teachers have struggled for pay increases. They have faced pressure from political leaders regarding student standardized test performance. And they have faced the realities of a declining tax based and therefore less money for pay raises.
But things may be changing for Florida's teachers. Governor Rick Scott has requested that all teachers receive a pay increase of $2,500. State Representative Kevin Rader and State Senator Joe Abruzzo have filed bills that would give teachers an averag $10,000 pay increase and make their salaries level with teachers throughout the nation, according to an article by Karen Yi in the February 9 Sun Sentinel.
"I think this is good. I think teachers need to be earning more money for what they do for young people," said Sarah McGreggor, a teacher in Miami.