Superintendents meet with Gov. Rick Scott to talk pay and other issues
Gov. Rick Scott met with superintendents for a couple hours today for an informal discussion about education issues, including legislation that would make it easier for students to graduate high school.
The quarterly meeting, which was held in Tallahassee, is part of Scott's efforts to spend more time listening to school officials. Last year, he held a series of mostly private meetings with teachers and parents around the state, including one at Madeira Beach Fundamental K-8 in Pinellas County. This year, he's come out in favor of $2,500 across-the-board teacher raises and more money in the state's education budget. He mentioned teachers many times in his state of the state speech.
Our friends at The Buzz have more about today's superintendent meeting:
"Gov. Rick Scott and his education advisers held a two-hour meeting Wednesday with superintendents from around the state, who expressed opposition to the House's plan to link a teacher salary increase to classroom performance.
"It's disturbing," said Orange County Superintendent Barbara Jenkins of the House's pay-raise approach, "and it's just not feasible unless they have something very simplistic, like satisfactory or unsatisfactory." Jenkins said another law puts school districts on a timetable to develop a pay-for-performance system for the 2014-2015 academic year, and it can't be accomplished sooner than that.
Jenkins later told reporters that Scott's proposal for a $2,500 across-the-board pay raise for full-time teachers is a 'foundational step' sthat woudl raise the base pay of Florida teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country with average salaries of $45,000."
Read the rest here.