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Gov. DeSantis gives $1,000 bonus checks to teachers

Almost 177,000 Disaster Relief Payments will go to Florida teachers
Posted at 10:35 AM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-11 12:10:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Ed Corcoran handed out the first Disaster Relief Payments to teachers on Wednesday in St. Petersburg.

Almost 177,000 Disaster Relief Payments of up to $1,000 will be distributed to Florida’s educators in recognition of their hard work to educate students in the 2020-2021 school year.

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Florida was the first state to reopen and ensure in-person instruction would be made available to parents five days a week.

“Considering how challenging the past year was for teachers, we knew it was important to recognize and reward them for their hard work,” said DeSantis. “Having great teachers makes a difference. Great teachers, great principals and great administrators lead directly to better outcomes for Florida’s students, and I was proud to join some great teachers at Lakewood Elementary today to hand them $1,000 bonuses.”

Educators Eligible for Disaster Relief Funds

  • Full-time K-12 classroom teachers employed in a district or at a charter school as of June 2, 2021, or on the last day of school;
  • Certified prekindergarten teachers employed in a district or at a charter school as of June 2, 2021, or on the last day of school, and who are funded by the Florida Education Finance Plan (FEFP); and
  • Principals employed by a district or a charter school that serves PK-12 students as of June 2, 2021, or on the last day of school.