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.
I believe that we should reward our educators across Florida for their dedication to our students’ successes, which is why I am in Bay County today delivering on my promise to provide $1,000 bonuses to our teachers and principals.
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— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 11, 2021