The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education sweetened the Best and Brightest program for teachers in high-needs schools yesterday before passing it on to the full House Appropriations Committee.
The language amended to the Best and Brightest program was this:
Annually, by February 1, the department shall disburse scholarship funds to each school district for each eligible classroom teacher to receive a scholarship as provided in the General Appropriations Act. The amount disbursed shall include a scholarship award of $1,000, from the total amount of funds appropriated, for each eligible classroom teacher in a Title I school. Of the remaining funds, a scholarship in the amount provided in the General Appropriations Act shall be awarded to every eligible classroom teacher, including those in Title I schools. If the number of eligible classroom teachers exceeds the total appropriation authorized in the General Appropriations Act, the department shall prorate the per-teacher scholarship amount.
This language would provide awards to eligible teachers in Title I schools that are $1,000 larger than eligible teachers in other schools. For example, if the appropriation is $44 million, there are 5,000 eligible teachers and 1,000 of those eligible teachers are in Title I schools, then each Title I teacher would receive $9,600, and all other teachers would receive $8,600 each.
In the House, Best and Brightest is embedded in HB 7043, which also impacts performance-based funding for the state’s public colleges and universities.