Broward schools reaches agreement with union on effective teacher program
The School Board of Broward County yesterday, March 24, 2010, announced the signing of an agreement between Broward County Public Schools and the Broward Teachers Union on the Effective Teacher Program (ETP).
Under the agreement, all Pre-K through 12th grade National Board or Broward County Recognition Program certified teachers who are currently teaching in a Title I school are eligible to receive a one-time stipend payment of between $7,500 to $11,810 depending on their step on the salary schedule.
The stipend, which has been in place since the 2005/06 school year, has been instrumental in the District attracting and retaining high quality teachers at Title I schools and assisted in the District earning its number one ranking for having the most National Board Certified Teachers in the nation – with a total of 1,726.
The District provides teachers with training classes to enhance their teaching effectiveness. A large part of Broward County’s success has been tied to a state initiative called the Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program, an incentive program that encourages teachers to seek certification by awarding them fee subsidies and salary bonuses.
In 2008, the Florida Legislature eliminated state funding from the incentive program, leaving local districts to create incentives on their own using federal funds. Despite the changes, Broward still offers certification and mentoring bonuses for teachers.
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