The now deceased yet still iconic R & B artist James Brown recorded a musical piece advising us to “Get on the Good foot” and it would appear that maybe Florida’s 45th governor is attempting to take the “godfather’s” hand. Governor Rick Scott has awarded more than $8.4 million to approximately 80 Palm Beach County Schools as part of Florida’s School Recognition Program. Governor Scott made the announcement during the Palm Beach Strategic Forum, an international business assembly that took place at PBC Convention Center.
Apparently and finally, Governor Scott is acknowledging and recognizing (without any further dispute)the undeniable nobility and unstoppable spirit of the genuine American teachers, educators and all related support employees in the mining and refining of the original gold standards of education which evokes into all disciplines, the 3R’s of Reading, wRiting and aRithematics. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent along with school board Vice Chairman Frank Barbieri and a group of stellar principals, teachers and students accepted the recognition and more than $8.4 million on behalf of the School District of Palm Beach County.
“Our students and teachers in Palm Bach County deserve to be rewarded for their hard work and I am pleased to recognize them for their achievements with this $8.4 million investment. One of my top priorities as Governor is to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families. We know that a good job starts with a great education and Florida continues to be a leader in education. I look forward to continued gains,” added Governor Scott.
The 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.”
Schools can use the money for faculty or staff bonuses, to purchase educational equipment or materials, or hire temporary staff to help maintain or improve student performance.
Final word from a taking care of business prospective, “Caveat Emptor” (Latin), which simply means let the buyer beware.
The following principals, teachers and students attended the recognition (see list below). While America’s law enforcement is considered to be amongst the finest (inclusive of the Treasure Coast), Teachers, Educators, et al are America’s representation of the Monarch class . . . meet some of the “Royals” in Palm Beach County.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Apr. 2014