The governor wants another spending increase for public schools this year, even though this latest request sits less than half of what he wanted last year.

Rick Scott today wants the legislature to increase spending on public schools this fall by $542 million.

Scott last year wanted a $1.2 billion increase. That included enough money to give teachers pay raises of $2,500.

Teachers received raises, but not all of them received that exact amount.

The Scott administration claims this year’s funding request would boost overall public school funding to “historic” levels of $19 billion.

The governor releases his complete budget Wednesday.