Florida’s failing K-12 schools make pitches for quick-fix money

Sep 4, 2017 by

How do you fix struggling schools? One idea: Pay teachers more.

Teacher bonuses are among several ideas the Miami-Dade and Broward school districts have proposed as they compete for additional funding through a controversial new state program designed to rehabilitate Florida’s lowest performing schools while potentially supplanting them with privately run charters.

Miami-Dade alone is asking the state for about $2.3 million for teacher bonuses through “Schools of Hope” to attract and keep the district’s best teachers at five schools eligible for the program.

If the schools are selected, teachers rated “highly effective” through a state-mandated teacher evaluation system could earn up to $11,500 in bonuses if they stay at or transfer into one of the eligible schools, have good attendance and help their students improve.

Source: Florida’s failing K-12 schools make pitches for quick-fix money | Miami Herald

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