Gov. Rick Scott says teacher pay raises taking too long to finalize
Gov. Rick Scott offered help today to the school superintendents who have not yet ironed out pay raises for teachers.
The majority of school districts have not finalized collective bargaining agreements with teacher unions to implement the raises. Only 16 17 of 67 counties have ratified new contracts. (Update: Pinellas County schools say Scott's office incorrectly counted them among those who haven't finalized raises.)
Miami-Dade school system and the United Teachers of Dade reached a tentative agreement Monday that will give most teachers the $2,500 raise Scott promised. In addition to the money from the state, the district had to tap into federal Race to the Top money to pay for the increases.
Scott wants to speed up the process to fulfill one of his priorities from the 2013 legislative session. In today's letter, he said he directed Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to assist any districts that need help reaching a final agreement.