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Oops. Pinellas school district misses state deadline for Florida's Best and Brightest



Florida teachers seeking to nab a Best and Brightest bonus of up to $10,000 had until Oct. 1 to turn in all their documentation.

Late arrival of an ACT score? Forget it. Missing a transcript? No go.

In Pasco County, eight teachers had their applications rejected solely because they missed the deadline.

So what happens to the more than 200 applicants from Pinellas County after the district didn't meet the Dec. 1 deadline to submit its list of eligible teachers to the Department of Education?

Not much, it turns out.

"We don't want to exclude anyone," department spokeswoman Cheryl Etters told the Gradebook. "There will be a complete list."

As the midnight Wednesday cutoff came and went, department officials noticed that they hadn't received a list from one district: Pinellas. They called to inquire, and learned that the district had indeed sent in its information.

The problem? It misspelled the email address.

Etters said the department won't penalize teachers for this error. There's plenty of time before the state releases the funds to districts, by Feb. 1.

Watch at noon today to see if the House Education Committee moves ahead with plans to extend the program into future years.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 3, 2015 10:19am]


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