They might ridicule the idea. But plenty of Florida teachers have contacted their districts, the state Department of Education and, yes, even reporters who have written about the new Best and Brightest scholarship asking how they could get theirs.
Even for a year, up to $10,000 is nothing to sneeze at, after all. (The amount depends on the number of bonuses ultimately awarded.)
On Monday, the department issued the guidelines for how teachers can apply for the money, which is tied to their performance evaluations and their SAT or ACT scores. Among the highlights, a teacher may retake the college entrance test if past scores weren’t good enough, the most current evaluations count, and the deadline is Oct. 1.