Should school recognition money get the ax?
Lots of teachers, superintendents and others have mumbled yes under their breath, and education groups like the Florida Education Association couldn’t agree more. But at least one group has put it down on paper.
The Greater Florida Consortium of School Boards, which includes 10 counties, including Pinellas, is recommending in their legislative agenda that school recognition money be reduced or eliminated, given ongoing budget cuts.
School recognition money is awarded to schools that earn A’s under the state’s grading system or improve a letter grade. And, as we all know, it has been controversial since it began in 1998. Last year, the Legislature cut the program from $100 per student to $85 per student, but still parceled out $147 million statewide. Most of that ended up in the pockets of teachers.
Ron Matus, State Education Reporter