Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that school teachers and principals in Florida will receive $1,000 bonuses.
Touring the state, holding press conferences at Baker County Middle School the Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences, DeSantis touted the bonus payments, noting the heavy lifting undertaken by educators across the state during a difficult pandemic.
“We’re proud that we got the bonuses through,” DeSantis said. “We understand it was a unique set of circumstances that many of our schools had to do.”
Schools in Florida are open, and we’re saying thank you to our hard-working teachers in the classroom by giving them $1,000 bonuses and raises. #180Days #OpenSchools
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— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 26, 2021
Full-time teachers in both public schools and public charter schools, pre-K through 12th grade, will receive the bonuses, according to DeSantis. The Governor said that the money is for the hard work educators have done to make face-to-face learning available to students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do that [in-person learning] if we didn’t have a lot of folks, like the superintendent and all these teachers in Florida, who wanted to get the kids back in school because they knew how important it was,” DeSantis said during a stop at the Baker County Middle School in Macclenny.
The $1,000 bonuses, part of the state’s $100 billion budget that the Florida Legislature agreed upon at the conclusion of the 2021 Legislative Session, is expected to be sent out after DeSantis signs the budget into law.
DeSantis is scheduled to make today a hat trick when he holds a third press conference at 3:30 p.m. at Destin Elementary School.