Gov. Rick Scott wants all Florida teachers to get a $2,500 raise and give him credit for it. Legislators protested that any raise should be based on merit. Then, Gov. Scott deployed what he calls his best argument: The across-the-board increase is based on merit, given how well the state’s schools have performed on a variety of measurements.
It is a disingenuous argument. Not because the claim is false; it isn’t. It’s disingenuous because Gov. Scott’s goal is not to reward teachers but to buy votes and because, on the broader issue of teacher evaluations, the governor acts as if the evidence shows that Florida’s educators have failed.
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