Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is Asking The Florida Legislature to Give $1,000 Bonuses to All Florida Teachers and Principals for Their Work Through the Pandemic
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday announced he will be requesting the Florida State legislature to approve $1,000 bonuses for teachers and principals across the state of Florida.
The governor had previously announced that he would be giving $1,000 bonuses to first responders out of the state’s $10 billion for COVID-19 relief.
Speaking at Palm Harbor University High School (yesterday - 3/31/21) he said funds for the teacher bonuses will come from the state’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, and should affect around 180,000 classroom teachers and around 36,000 principals statewide.
Governor DeSantis said…. “The past year included so much uncertainty for our state’s students, parents and educators”. “In Florida, we knew how important it was for our students to return to school, and our principals and teachers answered the call. I urge the Florida Legislature to join me in awarding our great educators through this bonus program as a show of gratitude for their actions and hard work.”
The Governor also clarified that this money would not be coming out of the $50 million set aside for teacher salary increases.
Watch the Governor talk about it below...