Teachers at 37 Brevard Public Schools Eligible For Retention Bonuses Of Up To $2,500

$100 bills

VIERA, Florida – Classroom teachers in 37 Brevard County public schools will be eligible for the Florida Department of Education’s new Best & Brightest retention bonuses of up to $2,500.

That’s on top of the 3.5% raise BPS offered for “highly effective” teachers and $550 additional pay raise for teachers actively employed by the district before July 1, 2007, that the Brevard Federation of Teachers union’s leaders balked at.

Classroom teachers rated “highly effective” could receive retention bonuses of $2,500, while teachers rated “effective” could receive $1,000.

The purpose of the 2019 Best & Brightest Teacher Program is “to recruit, retain, and recognize teachers who meet the needs of this state and have achieved success in the classroom,” says the 2019 Florida law creating the retention bonuses.

Eligibility for a Best & Brightest retention bonus requires a classroom teacher to teach in a school which has improved an average of three percentage points or more over three years on the total possible points achieved on Florida’s school-grading scale, and be rated “highly effective” or “effective” on the preceding year’s performance evaluation, plus teach in an eligible school for two consecutive school years (including the current year).

The Best & Brightest retention-bonus program replaces a former program that tied bonuses to teachers’ past scores on their college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT.

Brevard public schools receiving 2019 Best & Brightest allocations include:

Atlantis Elementary

Bayside High

Cape View Elementary

Christa McAuliffe Elementary

Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High

Cocoa High

Columbia Elementary

Coquina Elementary

DeLaura Middle

Endeavour Elementary

Enterprise Elementary

Fairglen Elementary

Gemini Elementary

Golfview Elementary Magnet School

Harbor City Elementary

Imperial Estates Elementary

Indialantic Elementary

Johnson Middle

Jupiter Elementary

Lewis Carroll Elementary

Lockmar Elementary

Longleaf Elementary

Madison Middle School

Merritt Island High

MILA Elementary

Mims Elementary

Ocean Breeze Elementary

Palm Bay Elementary

Port Malabar Elementary

Palm Bay Magnet Senior High School

Riviera Elementary

Sea Park Elementary

Space Coast Jr./Sr. High

Stone Magnet Middle School

Turner Elementary

University Park Elementary

Viera High

In order to qualify for Best & Brightest funds, teachers must submit an application, along with an official evaluation, showing their rating and any other supporting documents. All applicants must be K-12 classroom teachers as defined by Florida Statute 1012.01(2)(a).

The Best & Brightest allocation funds were to be distributed to Brevard Public Schools on Thursday, September 26, 2019.