All Florida public school teachers would get a laptop computer, and math and science teachers would get extra pay, under a proposal announced Jan. 23 by Gov. Jeb Bush.

Aimed at luring about 30,000 new teachers to Florida schools and retaining those currently working in the state, the proposal calls for other inducements, too, such as more money for college loan reimbursements.

The $239 million package, backed by Education Commissioner John Winn and several key Republican lawmakers, will be presented this month to the Legislature for approval in the 2006-07 state budget. But legislative Democrats criticized the plan as a


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