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BAKER COUNTY (CBSMiami) – It’s official. Public school teachers and principals in Florida will receive $1,000 bonuses, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday.

Speaking at Baker County Middle School in north Florida, Gov. DeSantis said the bonuses are part of the state’s $100 billion budget that the Florida Legislature agreed on. DeSantis says he will sign the new budget soon.

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“We’re proud that we got the bonuses through,” DeSantis said. “We understand that it was a unique set of circumstances that many of our schools had to do.”

Full-time teachers in both public schools and public charter schools, pre-K through 12th grade, will receive the money, said DeSantis.

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DeSantis said the bonuses are a reward to educators for all of their hard-work and dedication to make in-person learning available to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The superintendents in Florida, the principals, the teachers overwhelmingly wanted to get back, wanted to give the kids the ability to learn face-to-face because they understood how important it was,” DeSantis said.

A total of $765 million will go to supporting Florida’s teachers. It includes $550 million to continue elevating minimum teacher salaries, as well as $215 million for the bonuses.

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