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The State of Florida awards $4.3 million to Sarasota teachers

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Scholarships are part of the annual
Best and Brightest program

SARASOTA COUNTY, Jan. 30, 2018 – The state of Florida has recognized 2,603 traditional and charter school teachers from Sarasota County who will receive scholarships as part of the annual Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program. A combined total of $4,316,400 has been granted to teachers in the Sarasota district as part of the 2017-2018 year. Under Florida Statute 1012.731, eligible teachers may receive scholarships based on various criteria, including $6,000 for strong SAT or ACT scores, $1,200 for teachers earning a Highly Effective performance rating and $800 for teachers earning an Effective performance rating. The Florida Department of Education cites a link between student outcomes and a teacher’s own academic achievement, thus the program was designed to recognize the critical role teachers play in preparing students to achieve a high level of academic performance.

“We are thrilled so many of our teachers in Sarasota County were recognized by the state for their performance and inspiration in the classroom,” noted Todd Bowden, Sarasota County Superintendent. “This program affords teachers throughout the district yet another opportunity to be compensated for doing a great job and ensuring our students thrive.”

In Sarasota County, a total of 222 traditional and 40 charter school teachers were eligible for the $6,000 scholarship for previous SAT or ACT scores above the 80th percentile. This includes first-year teachers. For those teachers who received a Highly Effective rating, 1,372 traditional and 203 charter school teachers were eligible for a $1,200 scholarship and 864 traditional and 164 charter school teachers were eligible for the $800 Effective scholarship. In some cases, teachers were awarded multiple scholarships with 215 traditional and 34 charter school teachers receiving a total scholarship of $7,200 each. For the 2016-2017 school year, 218 teachers were eligible for scholarships from the state, however the program has since been revised, enabling more teachers to receive scholarships this year. The state will officially disperse scholarship funds by February 1, with teachers paid no later than April 1.

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