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2004 Florida Statutes

Section 1008.36, Florida Statutes 2004

1008.36  Florida School Recognition Program.--

(1)  The Legislature finds that there is a need for a performance incentive program for outstanding faculty and staff in highly productive schools. The Legislature further finds that performance-based incentives are commonplace in the private sector and should be infused into the public sector as a reward for productivity.

(2)  The Florida School Recognition Program is created to provide financial awards to public schools that:

(a)  Sustain high performance by receiving a school grade of "A," making excellent progress; or

(b)  Demonstrate exemplary improvement due to innovation and effort by improving a letter grade.

(3)  All public schools, including charter schools, that receive a school grade pursuant to s. 1008.34 are eligible to participate in the program.

(4)  All selected schools shall receive financial awards depending on the availability of funds appropriated and the number and size of schools selected to receive an award. Funds must be distributed to the school's fiscal agent and placed in the school's account and must be used for purposes listed in subsection (5) as determined jointly by the school's staff and school advisory council. If school staff and the school advisory council cannot reach agreement by November 1, the awards must be equally distributed to all classroom teachers currently teaching in the school.

(5)  School recognition awards must be used for the following:

(a)  Nonrecurring bonuses to the faculty and staff;

(b)  Nonrecurring expenditures for educational equipment or materials to assist in maintaining and improving student performance; or

(c)  Temporary personnel for the school to assist in maintaining and improving student performance.

Notwithstanding statutory provisions to the contrary, incentive awards are not subject to collective bargaining.

History.--s. 381, ch. 2002-387.