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Private donors raise $35 million for teacher bonuses

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Updated: 2/07 7:49 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Superintendent Nikolai Vitti wants to offer high-performing teachers up to a $20,000 bonus to teach in high-poverty schools. The money has been raised by a group of Jacksonville business leaders, as first reported by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

The plan would offer $20,000 bonuses to teachers who stay in schools in high-poverty areas, and would offer $17,000 for high-performing teachers in other schools to move to high-poverty areas. Vitti said the plan is aimed at improving student performance.

"We know that many of our kids that are growing up in poverty start school already behind,” Vitti said. “And then one ineffective teacher leads to a student being three years behind. So you can see how that cocktail leads to kids being dramatically more and more behind."

Details of the plan still have to be worked out with both the donors and unions. Vitti told Action News he wants the plan in place by next year.


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MYOPINION76 - 2/10/2014 4:19 PM
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Great to see Vitti is recognizing the hard work of teachers-especially those in schools where, traditionally, the learning and performance has been slow to non-existent. Soliciting the private funding is innovative and applaudable. This goes hand-and-hand with much of the other work he has done surrounding testing and academics. Now, it is time to truly address crime, bullying and school discipline instead of just spending more and bandaging the problem. Get real solutions. Find real experts. Implement proven strategies. I would like to see such a bold approach to this too.
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