. Its one thing for a couple of democrats to advance a bill which would benefit teachers. It’s another thing all together for the state’s largest public school parent organization to do so. From the Orlando Sentinel’s Leslie Postal:
The Florida PTA said today it appreciated Gov. Rick Scott had listened to teachers and parents and proposed a $2,500 raise for classroom instructors.
But the group urged the governor and the Florida Legislature to do more – and provide enough funding to boost Florida teachers’ salaries to the national average.
“By doing this, it will encourage experienced teachers to stay in the classroom by fully funding a system to provide career teachers with periodic advancement and salary increases without supplanting current funding dollars,” the PTA said.
Florida’s average teacher salary is more than $10,000 less than the national average.