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Teacher's Pay Raise Merit Based
GAINESVILLE- Teachers have to wait another year to get a pay raise after Governor Rick Scott said all teachers would get a bump in pay this year. The problem, the pay is "merit based." Teachers are not happy with the result.
State lawmkers reached a compromise on 480 million dollars for teachres and school workers.
Governor Rick Scott the bonus would be for all teachers, but that's not the case.
Teachers would get $2500 if they're considered effective, another 1000 more if they're considered highly effetive but officials from the Alachua County Teacher's Union say there's still a problem.
The teacher's union president says bus drivers and teacher's aides probably won't see that money.
In an email from the state teacher's union, state leaders have expanded how teachers should be evaluated.
Instead of grading teachers based on F-CAT scores it could also include results from advance placement tests or consider teachers who work "at -risk schools" or those who teach special needs students.
"I have a lot of questions to ask it will be up to school boards along with teacher's union to collaboratively figure out what is a fair way to evaluate all teachers," Karen McCann, President of the Alachua County Education Association said.
Alachua County School Board Chair Eileen Roy is grateful for the increase and says they expected to have a merit pay raise plan by the end of 2014-1015 year.
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