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Show Me The Money: Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis asking legislature to increase pay for new teachers

“I was in a position where I contemplated whether or not this position was for me because of the income."

You might be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn't want to have more in their paycheck. The education community will tell you that more is always appreciated as teachers spend more and more in out-of-pocket expenses. 

Governor Ron DeSantis is asking the Florida legislature to increase pay for starting teachers to $47,500.

A First Coast News poll on social media found out of 80 people polled, nearly 65 percent were saying "it's about time," teachers got a raise. 

Morgan Launikitis is now in her second year teaching at Middleburg High School, the same school where she received her education.

“I was in a position where I contemplated whether or not this position was for me because of the income," Launikitis said.

She realized her passion was more important than pay during her first day of student teaching.

“We don’t make millions, but we make a difference," Launikitis said.

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A difference that Governor DeSantis wants to invest in. He’s calling on the legislature to make starting teachers in Florida the second-highest paid in the country.

“I can tell you right now I’m 100 percent relieved that we have somebody who is valuing this," Launikitis said.

A lot of the chairs, desks and supplies you'd find in Launikitis classroom, she paid for with her own money. She believes a raise for starting teachers would help provide a buffer for out of pockets expenses like these, but more importantly, it would keep teachers in the state of Florida.

“One of my takeaways is that every kid is one teacher away from being a success story," she said. "Now having the financial burden not be an issue in that, I do believe that we will get stronger teachers in the process."

Under the proposal, 2,000 teachers in Clay County would receive a pay increase and 11,000 teachers throughout the Jacksonville area.