Initiatives to recruit and retain teachers in Florida school districts

Bay County

Bonus program for teachers in critical shortage fields:  “The district offers one-time bonuses of $5,000 for new hires who have certification in a critical shortage field, and a $1,000 bonus for current teachers who obtain a certificate in a critical shortage area.” News-Herald, March 10, 2017

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Bay County physics teachers during a summer 2016 workshop

Duval County

Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program:  “Accepted grad students train under a mentor to specifically teach math and science to the economically-challenged students in Duval County Public Schools. The fellowship starts this summer and lasts a year.
During that year, the students earn a $20,000 living stipend and when they graduate and are hired into a teaching position at one of the Duval County Public Schools. They receive an additional $10,000 salary supplement a year for their first four years of teaching.”  UNF Spinnaker, April 25, 2017  Also, see this essay by participant and FSU physics grad Connor Oswald.

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Jacksonville Teaching Resident Connor Oswald

Orange County

Carver Middle School bonus program:  “Experienced teachers can earn extra pay totaling $70,000 over the next three years as part of a district effort to lure them to struggling Carver Middle School.  The district already has received more than 100 applications from teachers who want to work at F-rated Carver next year — an “unheard-of” number, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said Friday.”  Orlando Sentinel, May 12, 2017