The right equation for teachers
There is much to celebrate in the agreement that gives raises to Florida teachers. After six years without a raise, their sacrifice is being recognized. Support personnel who work behind the scenes are being recognized, too. But the most encouraging aspect of the deal, from a purely political perspective, is that it represents a rare compromise on a highly publicized issue. Gov. Rick Scott wanted across-the-board $2,500 raises for teachers. He estimated it would cost $480 million to implement. House and Senate leaders had their own ideas. They wanted to add performance to the equation and expand the raises to administrators and support personnel.Late Sunday, the House and Senate announced a plan that will offer as much as $3,500 to the state’s best teachers and lesser amounts to others. The total cost remains $480 million. In the end, everybody got something that could let them claim victory, including the teachers, and that’s good for Florida.