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In SOTS, Scott luvs teachers
Posted Mar 4, 2013 by William March
Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has nice things to say about teachers in the State of the State Address he’ll deliver tomorrow, according to some advance excerpts.
It sounds like something of a reversal from the governor who earlier backed measures teachers bitterly opposed, including using student test scores to evaluate teachers.
“This year, we have two priorities to keep our economy growing: first, remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment, and second, invest in our teachers by providing them a well-deserved pay raise,” Scott will say.
“Some say they are afraid that giving raises to all teachers may mean that a teacher doing a bad job gets rewarded,” Scott’s speech adds. “But, thanks to our work, we are now in a better position than ever before to reward good teachers and move bad teachers out of the classroom.
“We don’t want a war on teachers; we want a war on failure.”