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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott stopped by the First Coast on Friday to talk about his proposed $74.2 billion state budget for next year.

His first stop was Nease High School in St. Johns County, the state's number one ranked school system. The governor toured classrooms and championed two of his priorities: giving teachers raises and spending 1.2 billion more in the classroom.

During Scott's visit, math teacher Stephanie Martineau was awarded theGovernor's Shine Award for being an inspirational teacher.

Thegovernor on Thursday outlined his $74 billion spending plan that notonly includes $2,500 raises for teachers, but increasing spending by$400 a student.

"Our economy is coming back now," Scott told reporters as he prepared to leave Nease High. "We need to make the smart choices, one of the things to do is invest in education."

Thegovernor will spend Friday afternoon in Clay County fielding questionsat the a courthouse as he wraps up his stay on the First Coast.

On Friday afternoon, Scott went to Clay County to field questions at the Courthouse.