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House Speaker says proposal for 10 percent teacher raises was political

House speaker calls teacher pay proposal political

House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, is speaking out against calls for 10 percent across-the-board raises for the state's teachers, calling the proposal unrealistic and unfair to other state employees. A 10 percent raise for all public school tea
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House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, is speaking out against calls for 10 percent across-the-board raises for the state's teachers, calling the proposal unrealistic and unfair to other state employees. A 10 percent raise for all public school tea

House Speaker Tim Moore said that teachers and state employees should get raises this year, but said the proposal for 10 percent teacher raises was political.

Superintendent June Atkinson, appearing before a House panel last week, suggested that 10 percent across-the-board increases for teachers should be the foundation of a compensation plan.

Moore quickly squashed the idea. “There’s just not enough extra money to go do something like that,” he said Tuesday.

Moore talked Tuesday about teacher and state employee raises and the need to pay more to science, technology, engineering and math teachers to ease the shortage.

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