Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is awarding $1,000 bonuses to teachers who return to the classroom.
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida is rewarding public school teachers and principals in the state with $1,000 awards for returning to the classroom during epidemic closures.
At a news conference in Baker County on Wednesday, the governor revealed the incentives, saying the monies had been approved by the Legislature. He still needs to sign the state budget, which he plans to do soon.
“We’re happy of the momentum we’ve built in teacher compensation, and we’re proud of these $1,000 bonuses for principals and teachers. We believe that when schools are open and people are working hard to put the needs of their children and families first, we should honor that sacrifice,” DeSantis added. The event was attended by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.
Around 174,000 teachers, as well as more than 3,600 public school principals, would get bonuses.
“Schools in Florida are open, and we’re thanking our hardworking teachers in the classroom,” DeSantis said accompanying the statement on Twitter on Wednesday.
Schools in Florida have reopened, and we’re thanking our dedicated teachers in the classroom with $1,000 bonuses and raises. #OpenSchools #180Days
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He said he intends to sign the state budget in the next weeks because there are a lot of provisions to go over.
“Hopefully, over the summer, we can turn things around. We’re working hard on it,” he said. “It’s a lot of checks, so we got to do it right.”
The $1,000 for teachers and principals comes from $216 million from a third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, according to DeSantis’ website.
In late March, the governor asked the Florida Senate and House of Representatives to include the $216 million in the budget in order to fund the $1,000 bonuses.
DeSantis and Corcoran both expressed their appreciation to teachers who went back to work amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Last summer, we really felt strongly that every parent in Florida needed the ability to send their child to school in person,” DeSantis said during the news conference.
“Now, everyone says the kids should be at school. That was not the case then,” he. This is a brief summary.