Florida schools wait for their recognition funds
In past years, hundreds of Florida schools would already have argued about how to spend their state recognition funds. A few might have chosen to use the money to pay for needed supplies, equipment or staffing, but in the vast majority of recipient schools, teachers would have advocated for heavily taxed bonus checks.
This year, the debate has not yet occurred. And more than one teacher has noticed and asked why.
The reason is simple. Lawmakers pushed back the deadline for deciding how to use the funds from Nov. 1 to Feb. 1 to accommodate for the state's new high school grading model, which isn't complete until late fall. The state hasn't even allocated the money to districts yet.
FLDOE officials said the money should be ready for distribution in January. The award amount will be $70 per FTE. Start preparing your recommendations for how to use the cash (but expect it to go toward bonuses).