GOVERNOR SCOTT PRESENTS MORE THAN $124 MILLION IN SCHOOL RECOGNITION AWARDS

MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the distribution of more than $124 million in School Recognition Program funding this year to Florida’s high performing schools across the state. Over 1,500 schools will receive the financial awards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement.

Governor Scott said, “Florida’s teachers and schools prepare our students to pursue a college degree or excel at a great career when they graduate. It’s important to continue to provide our teachers and schools the resources they need to ensure our students are successful in the classroom. That is why I am excited to award more than $124 million in school recognition awards to help recognize schools for their success and help increase student achievement. During this year’s legislative session, we will continue to invest in our K-12 classrooms by proposing record per-student funding.”

Commissioner Stewart said, “The School Recognition Program award allows us to honor the schools that have been successful in improving student achievement. I am so appreciative of the hard work that Florida teachers contribute every day to ensure students are prepared for college, a career and life.”

Schools eligible for recognition awards include those receiving an “A” school grade, improving at least one letter grade from the previous year, or improving more than one letter grade and sustaining the improvement the following school year. Alternative schools that increase their school improvement rating or are rated “Improving” also qualify for awards.

The school staff and school advisory council at each recognized school jointly decide how to use the financial award. Schools may use their award for faculty or staff bonuses, to purchase educational equipment or materials, or hire temporary staff to help maintain or improve student performance.

As part of his 2015-16 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget, Governor Scott has requested a record $19.75 billion in K-12 education funding, an increase of $261 per student over this year and $50 per student over the previous record in 2007-08.

Total district School Recognition Program awards are below.

School District

Award Amount

School District

Award Amount

Alachua

$1,227,312

Liberty

$57,436

Baker

$59,910

Madison

$116,086

Bay

$717,728

Manatee

$2,461,552

Bradford

$90,958

Marion

$1,042,366

Brevard

$3,871,778

Martin

$1,088,750

Broward

$12,026,652

Monroe

$333,058

Calhoun

$213,548

Nassau

$858,728

Charlotte

$163,352

Okaloosa

$2,052,628

Citrus

$495,304

Okeechobee

$124,659

Clay

$1,980,516

Orange

$10,302,440

Collier

$2,582,672

Osceola

$1,483,702

Columbia

$461,401

Palm Beach

$10,574,959

Miami-Dade

$17,192,496

Pasco

$2,224,787

Dixie

$48,899

Pinellas

$3,310,718

Duval

$5,005,476

Polk

$1,887,944

Escambia

$1,420,617

Putnam

$347,834

Flagler

$668,281

St. Johns

$2,572,747

Franklin

$121,043

St. Lucie

$1,134,334

Gadsden

$161,774

Santa Rosa

$1,925,063

Gilchrist

$126,588

Sarasota

$2,390,950

Glades

$99,539

Seminole

$4,398,238

Gulf

$34,566

Sumter

$456,169

Hamilton

$63,818

Suwannee

$130,208

Hardee

$287,957

Taylor

$199,147

Hendry

$132,183

Union

$221,685

Hernando

$588,486

Volusia

$1,779,099

Highlands

$306,294

Wakulla

$106,714

Hillsborough

11,410,992

Walton

$432,030

Holmes

$77,000

Washington

$128,001

Indian River

$353,689

FAU Palm Beach

$92,022

Jackson

$127,004

FAU St. Lucie

$139,705

Jefferson

$34,318

FSU Lab – Broward

$67,778

Lafayette

$59,349

FSU Lab – Leon

$167,325

Lake

$728,304

UF Lab School

$111,660

Lee

$4,214,304

Virtual School

$330,715

Leon

$1,772,731

 

Levy

$130,202

STATE TOTAL

$124,108,278

For more information, visit School Recognition Program.

 

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