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Educators in Florida receiving $1,000 bonus checks

Ron DeSantis
Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Hialeah, Fla. DeSantis announced that seniors will soon be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Navarro Discount Pharmacies and CVS y mas pharmacies in Miami-Dade County. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

After a stressful year navigating the classroom in a pandemic, educators finally catch a financial break.

Is the dollar amount really enough?

According to the budget passed by lawmakers and signed by DeSantis, “These funds are provided for the department to provide full-time classroom teachers, to include certified prekindergarten teachers funded in the Florida Education Finance Program, and principals in district schools and charter schools and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind with one-time bonus of $1,000.”

Educators in Florida begin receiving $1,000 bonus checks after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the proposal March 31, 2021.

In 2020, DeSantis signed a bill that brought the state of Florida from 26th to 5th in the nation when it comes to teacher pay. The bill heightened the base pay for teachers to at least $47,500 per year.

“Hopefully, by doing something like this it’s going to entice some more people who may be young and thinking about what they want to do to maybe go into teaching,” DeSantis said at the time.

The bonuses are included in the state’s budget and will go into effect once it’s signed by the governor.

Roughly 175,000 Florida teachers and 3,600 principals can expect a 1,00 bonus in their mailbox very soon.