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New Scholarship Awards Teachers on their past College Exam Performance

Leon County Schools
Posted at 6:34 PM, Jul 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-15 15:33:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Florida's Best and Brightest Teacher scholarship program will award teachers who scored in the 80th percentile or above in SAT or ACT college entrance exams.

If teachers can acquire proof of the higher scores and if they have a high-rated teacher evaluation, they can receive up to $10,000.

"It is an indicator and that's why I think the legislation came about", said David Clark, director of Labor and Employee Relations for Leon County Schools, "Because anything that does put money in the pockets of teachers is worthwhile."

Proof of SAT or ACT scores must be turned in no later than October 1st, 2015. By December 1st, 2015, each school district in Florida will submit to the Department of Education the number of eligible teachers for the scholarship.

On February 1st, 2016, the funds will be disbursed to each school district for each teacher to receive the funds.

The funds for the scholarships will be provided to 4,402 teachers who qualify. If more than that amount do qualify, the state will prorate the awards.