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Teachers may get $10,000 bonus for high SAT scores

Teachers may get $10,000 bonus for high SAT scores

Florida teachers may be eligible for bonuses of up to $10,000 if they scored well on their SAT or ACT college entrance exams, no matter how many years ago they took them. The state's new budget, which went into effect July 1, provides $44 million for "highly effective" teachers to get bonuses if they scored in the top 20 percent of students who took the test when they did. It applies to both district and charter school teachers. If more than 4,400 teachers apply, the state would make the reward smaller but wouldn't change eligibility criteria. The idea for the bonus came from State Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, who told the Legislature that "multiple studies indicate...