Florida teacher pay raise: could see a $10,000 increase within the next two years

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Here's some promising news for Florida teachers- a $10,000 pay raise could be on the way within the next two years.

Senator Joe Abruzzo and State Representative Kevin Rader are backing two bills that would require teachers in Florida to be paid the national average for teachers in their position.

The bills would be placed on a ballot to be voted on in November.

According to Senator Abruzzo, the national average for teachers is about $56,000 a year.

He adds that the average for teachers in Florida is about $46,000 a year.

But the two state lawmakers behind the bills haven't figured out yet where the money will come from to cover the raises.
If the bills are approved, Abruzzo says the pay raises wouldn't take effect until 2015. He says in that time, the state legislature should be able to come up with a plan for funding.
Abruzzo adds that if the bills are passed by the state legislature, they will be written in a way so that the funding doesn't come from money for the state education system.

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