House Democrat calls for end to Best and Brightest bonuses

Just months after the Florida Legislature expanded the state’s Best and Brightest bonus program, and formally added it into law, Rep. Loranne Ausley has filed a bill to repeal the controversial system.

With two short lines, HB 6061 would completely do away with the sections of statute creating the model that pays certain teachers extra for their performance evaluations and college entrance exam results, and principals for high percentages of their teachers getting the extra pay.

“I have a problem with this Legislature’s focus on one-time bonuses vs. annual salary increases,” said Ausley, a Tallahassee Democrat. “It’s not a responsible way for people to be able to plan their lives.”

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