The Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County school districts are among the recipients to receive School Recognition Program funding as a reward to Florida’s schools and teachers for improved student achievement.
In a press release issued by the Governor’s Press Office on February 25, 2013, Governor Rick Scott announced that as a tribute to exemplary student performance, almost 1,700 schools throughout Florida will share $134.6 million in School Recognition Program funding this year. Florida's School Recognition Program acknowledges the quality of public schools by giving financial rewards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement in reading, mathematics, science and writing.
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.
The portions of the School Recognition Program funding allocated along the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County school districts are: Indian River County $1,102,670; St. Lucie County $1,087,924; Martin County $1,376,338; Palm Beach County $10,436,226.