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Florida Capitol braces for rally, debate over teacher raises

Posted at 2:04 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 14:15:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's capital city is preparing for one of its largest demonstrations in recent years, as thousands of school workers from across the state arrive Monday to rally for more education spending.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing nearly $1 billion for teacher bonuses and to dramatically lift starting salaries for public school teachers.

But the 145,000-member Florida Education Association wants more than twice that amount every year over the next decade.

The union is calling for 10% wage increases for all of its members, which not only includes teachers but also social workers, librarians, teacher's aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and custodians.