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About 5,200 teachers to receive test-score bonuses

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About 5,200 Florida teaches will receive bonuses as part of a program that rewards instructors based on how they scored on college admissions exams. The Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program will reward more than $8,400 to each instructor by April 1, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The program, which ties bonuses to teachers’ scores on ACT or SAT exams, was approved by the Florida Legislature in the spring. To qualify, instructors needed to score in the top 20 percent of…

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Florida Teachers agree: ‘No’ is answer

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From Mark Woods: This bill is about having “the best and brightest teachers” in our classrooms. That’s what Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, keeps saying about the sweeping education reform which is scheduled for a floor vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 6 would tie half of a teacher’s pay to how his or her students perform on one end-of-year test. It would mean that during a five-year span, a teacher’s students would need to show gains on these yet-to-be-determined tests in…

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