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Gradebook podcast: Why aren’t Florida teachers cheering a proposed $600 million raise?

Veteran teachers aren’t included. The governor can’t set teacher salaries. And a host of other concerns.
Gov. Ron DeSantis greets local officials at Dunedin High School on Oct. 7, 2019, part of a swing around the state to announce his plan to boost starting teacher pay in Florida to $47,500. [MEGAN REEVES | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Oct. 10

This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his goal to increase Florida’s base teacher salary to $47,500.

That would move the state from 26th in the nation to 2nd. And it would meet a longtime teacher plea to shift attention from bonuses to wages.

DeSantis’ call to put more than half a billion dollars into paychecks didn’t win universal accolades, though. It instead was greeted with questions, doubts and criticisms.

Why all the concern? Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association president Rob Kriete talks to reporter Jeff Solochek about the proposal and the pushback.

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