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Florida lawmakers revisit National Board certified teacher bonuses



Florida's National Board certified teachers avoided seeing their annual bonuses cut during the Legislature's special session earlier in the year.

But they can't seem to escape lawmakers' attention altogether.

The House and Senate both have targeted the money that goes to the National Board teachers in their separate budget proposals.

The House version, which some Legislature watchers suggest has a better chance of gaining agreement, would limit the bonuses that these teachers get to classroom teachers only. Folks like media specialists and reading coaches might not qualify.

Also new, the proposal would require any new National Board certified teachers to work in a low-performing school to earn the bonus, which has been almost $5,000 a year. Good idea? Don't students in all schools deserve top-notch teachers?

The Senate takes a different approach. It would pool the millions that go into National Board bonuses and the Merit Award Program for teacher performance pay, and then let school districts decide how to divvy up the cash for outstanding performance.

We all know how well locally driven performance pay plans worked before. Their failure eventually led to MAP, you might recall.

Stay tuned.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:19am]


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