And now for the carrots
Another year, another round of school recognition money. More than 1,600 Florida schools will get $129.3 million in bonuses based on their school grades, Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg announced this afternoon. "It is a pleasure to honor these schools for the superior academic performance and improvement shown by their students last year," she said in a press release. "Through their accomplishments, we can clearly see that hard work, inspirational teaching and a commitment to student achievement are true catalysts for success."
Former Gov. Jeb Bush started the program in 1999, as part of his plan to attach carrots and sticks to school performance. To date, it has doled out $982 million. Schools get an additional $100 per student if they earn A grades or improve a grade. Advisory councils at each school decide how to divvy up the money. To see which schools are getting the money, and how much, click here.