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Majority of Florida teachers still waiting on pay raise

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Updated: 10/10/2013 11:43 pm
DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. -- Two months into the school year and some teachers are still waiting for their raise in pay.

Gov. Rick Scott pledged $480 million so teachers could receive a $2,500 across the board raise. However, it turns out 34 of 47 districts in the state are still going through negotiations, and Duval County is one of them.

"We've been talking about how much money for each teacher, and if it's going to go beyond teachers," said Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

Vitti tells Action News they're also trying to determine if the bump in salary is going to be a recurring thing. They have $22 million now, but come next year, he said they may be $22 million short if the state doesn't pledge another raise.

"We've already given an increase in salary this year outside of the additional funds provided by the governor and the Legislature," said Vitti.

Action News reached out to other districts and found that St. John's County has agreed to a 4.7 percent pay increase and is in the ratification process right now.

Clay County has agreed to an average increase of $2,000 and is just waiting on a vote from the school board, expected to come next Tuesday.

Duval County officials expect to have a decision by November's board meeting. Locally, the districts are awarding these raises based on performance or seniority.
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