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Florida's top teachers found at affluent schools

Posted at 6:36 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 06:36:03-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - New bonus payments aimed at attracting and keeping good teachers in Florida have gone disproportionately to those who work with students from affluent families, an analysis by a Florida newspaper has found.

Teachers who received bonuses under the $44 million "best and brightest" teacher scholarship program started last year were more than twice as likely to work with students from affluent families than with students living in poverty, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday.

The report highlights how the bonuses have failed to address the state's long-standing goal of more equitably distributing quality educators.

The findings, says the newspaper, are similar to a study done last year by the Florida Department of Education and national research.

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