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Teacher Raises

March 18th, 2009 by flanews

Lawmakers will decide if a constitutional amendment giving Florida teachers a pay raise will be on the 2010 ballot.

Democratic lawmakers are pushing the amendment that would require teacher salaries to stay at or above the national average. Right now Florida teachers make about 47,000 dollars a year. The national average is 51,000. House Democrat Geraldine Thompson says the pay is driving teachers out of the state.

We have teachers who live in Florida, but they drive to Georgia, they drive to Alabama to teach so they can make more money and that should not be the case, said Thompson.

If the amendment makes the ballot it would need 60 percent voter approval to pass. Then schools would have until 2012 to raise teachers salaries.

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