On back of his proposal to hike the starting pay for Florida's teachers by nearly $10,000 a year, Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he wants to increase bonuses for educators as well.
"We think this is an improvement on the Best & Brightest program and I think it's going to be something that is going to reward those folks who are really working hard on behalf of our students."
Speaking at Vero Beach High School, flanked by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, DeSantis said he'll ask the Legislature to allocate $300 million toward the plan, which would have the largest bonus for teachers being $7,500 and $10,000 for principals.
Those would be at Title 1 schools, which are in low income areas.
"We are trying to incentivize teachers and principals to be able to go to and remain at Title 1 schools, which are some of the schools that are in more low-income areas."
The top-tier bonuses for non-Title 1 schools would be $3,700, while principals could get as much as $5,000, if the Legislature approves.
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