Thank you to everyone who has taken action to end Best and Brightest over the past five years. Your advocacy has paid off!
- Best and Brightest has been flawed from the very start and has failed in its stated purpose of recruiting and retaining teachers. When it comes to educator compensation, Tallahassee should restore local control and let school districts and local unions bargain how best to determine educator pay.
- Florida’s legislators should listen to educators and use the $300 million saved by repealing best and brightest to increase salaries for all educators, not just classroom teachers.
- Governor DeSantis has proposed keeping many of the current Best and Brightest requirements but giving the bonus a new name. If the governor gets his way, this would be Florida’s seventh bonus program in the past thirteen years. Florida’s educators don’t need another bonus program; they need an investment in their salaries.
Senate Bill 486 passed the full Senate on March 3rd.
As of yet, there is no companion bill filed in the House.
- 12/9/2019: Senate Education Committee: 7-0
- 1/29/2020: Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee: 8-0
- 2/05/2020: Senate Appropriations: 18-0
- 3/03/2020: Senate Floor: 40-0
We support this bill.
Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee 1/29/2020 (Discussion of SB 486 begins 3:21 into the meeting)
Senate Committee on Education 12/09/2019 (Discussion of SB 486 begins 9 minutes and 48 seconds into the video)