Jeff Solochek from the Tampa Bay Times was right, and I was very wrong.
And that isn’t even close to being the worst news.
I reported yesterday that the Florida Senate had prevailed in limiting funding to the ill-designed Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship program to $5 million, which was $40 million less than the House was asking. $45 million was also the amount that the House and Senate had agreed to during the regular session that melted down at the end of April. I made the assertion that $5 million was the final amount on the basis of a document posted by the House late Monday night in the heat of budget dealmaking.
Jeff Solochek from the Tampa Bay Times warned me via Twitter that my conclusion was premature. And oh, was he right.
The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program was allocated $44,022,483. The intent is that 4,402 teachers will each receive a bonus of $10,000 if they earned scores on the SAT or ACT while they were in high school that were at the 80th percentile or higher, and received an evaluation of “highly effective” during the 2014-15 school year – or are new teachers in 2015-16 with those college entrance exam scores.
My concerns about paying teachers based on exam scores they earned while they were in high school have been extensively laid out in previous posts.