Florida budget has $480 million for teacher raises, but checks wouldn’t arrive until 2014

By John Kennedy - Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau

Florida teachers will get a pay raise promised by Rick Scott, but it’s not going to prove as fat – or arrive as fast – as many thought.

Scott pushed for a $2,500-across-the-board increase for months. But House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized a pay plan that the state’s largest teachers’ union and many Democrats fear could come up short.

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