Published: Oct 15, 2013 1:35 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on school districts across the state to approve pay raises for teachers.
    
Scott this year pledged $480 million so that teachers could get a $2,500 across the board pay raise. Legislators set aside the money, but they gave school districts leeway in how the raises could be handed out.
    
So far only 16 out of 67 school districts had completed negotiations with local unions over the pay raises.
    
Scott sent out a letter to school superintendents Tuesday where he said teachers "deserve" a pay raise. He added teachers should know their new salary level as soon as possible.
    
He said he asked Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to help districts to find a quick resolution to pay raise negotiations.

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