Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has approved $800 million dollars to raise the minimum salaries of teachers all across the Sunshine State.

According to a local NBC affiliate, “Speaking at Renaissance Charter School in Wellington on Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he’s approving $800 million from the state’s new budget to increase the average minimum salary of teachers to at least $47,500.”

“The funding will also raise the pay of veteran teachers.”

“It’s just something that I think is really, really important,” DeSantis said. “We do appreciate the folks who are working with these kids, particularly during difficult circumstances.”

“People have really had to step up across the board in the school system, but particularly our classroom teachers,” DeSantis said. “We just want to say that we appreciate it, and we hope that this will make a meaningful difference.”

Watch the press conference below:

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