According to the Tallahassee News Service of Florida, Governor Scott will support $43 million dollars in 2017 teacher bonuses. Details of the plan are not yet available, but the Governor said that the plan will target new teachers who show great potential and veteran teachers who show the highest student academic growth among their peers. The current method of qualifying based on test scores will change.
House Rep. Bileca has indicated willingness to reconsider the existing bonus program that is based on teachers’ high school SAT and ACT scores. It appears that other legislators are also listening to teachers about mechanisms to attract and retain the most qualified teachers. Some solutions are based on a graduated scale for bonuses and others recommend lowering the test score bar to include more teachers.
Stay tuned. This issue has traction. Something is likely to happen.