Florida Governor Rick Scott and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart host a roundtable at Pinedale Elementary School to hear teachers and parents express concerns about the state of education in Florida.
By Tiffany Griffith
Tallahassee, FL —
At the same time that $86-million could be taken out of Florida schools because of sequestration, the state plans to put millions back into the districts through the School Recognition Program.
It will award $135-million across the state for A-rated schools or schools that have showed and maintained improvement in reading, math, science and writing.
Governor Scott said, "Schools that demonstrate improved performance for students should be rewarded for their hard work. This investment of $134 million for schools across Florida will build on the recent gains that teachers have made for Florida students by providing each and every child with a quality education, so our students can one day find a great job and live their version of the American Dream. Thanks to our hardworking teachers, Florida is soaring to the top of education rankings throughout the country. Just last week, we learned Florida students are number one for percentage of students taking an AP exam, which comes on the heels of a Quality Counts survey that says the Sunshine State jumped from 11th to sixth in the country for the overall quality of our education system."
In the county-by-county breakdown, Duval Schools will receive $5.6-million, Clay earned $2.3-million, St. Johns received $2-million, Baker will get $425,300 and Nassau will receive $872,866.